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National disaster management office applauds resilient families, as 96 more people choose to repatriate

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) applauds those who have taken the initiative to help themselves recover from April’s flooding disaster.

On Thursday 7 August, 96 more people from 17 families approached the NDMO and asked to be repatriated to their chosen place.

The NDMO applauds those many flood-affected people who are choosing to use the help they are given and going forth to rebuild their lives.

Together they are proving just how resilient Solomon Islanders as a people are, despite the high risk of natural disasters our country faces.

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Solomon Islands + 4 others
The Pacific - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 Jun 2014)

OVERVIEW

The Pacific Region had five major emergencies in the 2013-2014 cyclone season. There were two severe cyclone events, one in Palau and the other in Tonga. A third cyclone is Vanuatu, caused a high loss of life across affected communities despite its reduced intensity. There was flash flooding in the Solomon Islands from a tropical depression and king tides in the Marshall Islands. This snapshot provides brief overview key statistics of the season

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Sea-level rise mapping: An eye-opener for a Solomon Islands community

When it comes to understanding climate change, a map can speak a thousand words. That was the case in one village in the Solomon Islands, where a recent training on sea level rise mapping showed community members first-hand some of the changes they can expect to see on their small farms.

The Solomon Islands consists of about 900 islands lying directly in the cyclone zone east of Papua New Guinea. Food security is a chronic issue, with farmers growing subsistence crops like taro, sweet potatoes, cassava and bananas on steeply sloped or low lying small plots.

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PACC Technical Report No. 4 - Vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) assessment for Ontong Java Atoll, Solomon Islands

The PACC Technical Report series is a collection of the technical knowledge generated by the various PACC activities at both national and regional level. The reports are aimed at climate change adaptation practitioners in the Pacific region and beyond, with the intention of sharing experiences and lessons learned from the diverse components of the PACC programme. The technical knowledge is also feeding into and informing policy processes within the region.

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Housing plan proposed for Temotu tsunami-affected

A shelter strategy has been developed to address the housing needs of those affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami disaster.

“The strategy looks at rebuilding and repairing eligible houses that were completely or partially destroyed during last year’s disaster,” said Ministry of Infrastructure and Development Director of Architecture and Building Division Patterson Fakavai.

“It also aims to reduce future risk from earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, flooding and climate change by helping make sure houses are designed to be more disaster-resilient.”

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Outbreaks in Solomon Islands - Situation Report

MEASLES OUTBREAK

Last week, Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) declared a measles outbreak in Solomon Islands. Presently, 25 of 28 (89%) cases are from Honiara City Council (HCC).

In June 2014, a traveler that returned from Papua New Guinea (PNG) was identified with measles. Measles has been circulating in PNG for the past 2 years.

Surveillance for acute fever and rash (AFR) was implemented at 8 HCC clinics and Good Samaritan Hospital as well as continuing through the national syndromic surveillance system.

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Flood victims reluctant to leave Solomons capital

A flood victim spokesperson says evacuees relocated by the Solomon Islands government are reluctant to leave the capital city.

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Health ministry responds with free measles vaccination

by George Herming

Given the suspected measles outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and World Health Organization (WHO) remind parents to have their children immunized with the free vaccination available in Solomon Islands.

“Measles is a highly contagious and deadly disease, but can be easily prevented with a vaccine”, said Dr. Lester Ross, Permanent Secretary of MHMS.

“The measles vaccine is safe, effective and free. It is at available at local health clinics in Solomon Islands”, added Dr. Ross.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Japan delivers radio transmission facility for disaster risk management to Solomon Islands

by George Herming

The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today delivered a new radio broadcasting transmission facility to improve Solomon Islands disaster early warning system through the National Broadcaster, SIBC.

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon. Bradley Tovosia “turned the switch on” after receiving the equipment from Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Mr Kenichi Kimiya at the SIBC Transmission Station at the Henderson International Airport today.

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Honiara, Guadalcanal, declared no longer in state of disaster

The National Disaster Council (NDC) is revoking the state of disaster declared 4 April, as a result of the flash floods, which caused huge and wide spread damages to Properties, livelihoods and loss of human lives.

This was announced at 2pm today by the Honorable Bradley Tovosia: Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology.

The NDC is satisfied there are no longer circumstances that warrant a state of disaster being declared.

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April flash flood recovery plan introduced to development partners

The recovery plan for April’s flash floods has been introduced to development partners in two separate presentations over the last week.

Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination Recovery Coordinator Daniel Rove spoke to representatives from local and international government ministries, non-government organisations, and other donor bodies.

The recovery plan will be nationally owned and contain clear priorities and actions for recovery, particularly those in need of donor and government funding.

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Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation for Solomons recovery work

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Oxfam

Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless.

Laulu Mac Leauanae, Chief Executive of the Pacific Corporation Foundation, has just returned from a trip to the Solomon’s representing New Zealand at the Private Sector Dialogue meeting, where he says he was moved by how much need still exists.

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Tonga + 12 others
Pacific Islands Humanitarian Bulletin, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.

• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.

• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.

• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.

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Health Alert: Suspected Measles Outbreak; Honiara, Solomon Islands, 23 July 2014

Summary

In the past 3 weeks there have been 9 cases of suspected measles notified to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) National Surveillance Unit.

Cases are in children too young to be vaccinated (age less than 1 year) and young adults.

The first case was a 21 year old female who acquired her infection in Papua New Guinea (PNG). This was confirmed as measles. There has been a significant measles outbreak in PNG over the past 2 years.

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Fiji + 12 others
USAID Rolls Out Pacific-American Climate Fund in Apia

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.

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First gender violence clinic opens in Honiara

Solomon Islands has launched its first dedicated clinic for gender violence victims.

Gender-based violence is a growing problem in Solomon Islands, with around 64 per cent of women experiencing sexual assault or violence at least once in their lifetime.

Interim clinic manager Kim Abbey says the clinic has been a long time coming, but it's better late than never.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Kim Abbey, Interim clinic manager, Seif Ples, sex and gender based violence clinic, Solomon Islands

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Solomon Islands / Pacific: Flash Floods Revised Emergency Appeal n° MDRSB003

21,000 people to be assisted

DREF allocated: CHF 158,099

Glide n° FL-2014-000045-SLB

Appeal timeframe: 9 months

Appeal budget: CHF 684,278

Issued: 16 July 2014

End date: 11 January 2015

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Meningococcal outbreak may be contained - Solomon Islands Health

Health officials in Solomon Islands are cautiously optimistic that the risk of an outbreak of meningococcal disease following the deaths of four children in Makira province has diminished.

Dr Tenneth Dalipanda from the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services says the children who died were all under the age of 12 and lived close to one another.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Philippines + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 8 - 14 July 2014

Authorities declare a state of calamity as food packs are provided to the 160,000 people affected by the floods in Maguindanao province of the Philippines.

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SPC and Solomon Islands strengthen their relationship

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), met with H.E. Gordon Darcy Lilo, the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, to consolidate the long-term partnership which exists between SPC and the Solomon Islands.