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09 Oct 2014 description

by George Herming

A two days workshop on the “lessons learned” following the April Floods in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal is underway in Honiara.

The workshop brings together a diverse group of people and organizations who have been involved in and still involved in the disaster management operations of the April Floods.

Workshop participants were drawn from a range of stakeholders including Government Agencies, the Donor Community, International Humanitarian Agencies and NGOs.

03 Oct 2014 description

Farmers who lost crops and livestock during April’s flash floods are beginning to receive assistance under one of several different programs.

Those who need the most help are being prioritized, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL).

Over the long term, MAL will try and help everyone whose livelihoods were damaged or destroyed.

“Right now we want to make sure the worst-affected farmers receive the assistance that will help them the most,” MAL Extension Services Director Michael Ho’ota said.

26 Sep 2014 description

Three more people have died from measles in Solomon Islands bringing the death toll from the outbreak to six, with 2300 cases reported so far.

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23 Sep 2014 description
report AlertNet

Author: Dana MacLean

AVUAVU, Solomon Islands (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An abandoned airstrip overgrown with weeds marks the entrance to this village of 400 people on Guadalcanal, the largest of the Solomon Islands. Since January, it has been home to the Solomon’s first automatic weather station, a device that may help the Pacific archipelago nation bear up to climate change.

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19 Sep 2014 description

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.

  • Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.

19 Sep 2014 description

19 months on from the tsunami that hit Temotu province in Solomon Islands, victims are still living in temporary shelters and awaiting funds to help rebuild their permanent homes.

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19 Sep 2014 description

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Moses Virivolomo, and the Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, inspected the completed flood repairs in West Guadalcanal on Thursday 18 September 2014.

Bridge approaches and other crossings on the West Guadalcanal Highway were washed out during the floods in April, cutting access to Honiara for thousands of people between Kakambona and Lambi.

19 Sep 2014 description

CLIMATE OUTLOOK

Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries, with the Pacific Ocean showing renewed signs of El Niño development. There is a 50 per cent chance of an El Niño forming by the end of 2014. Water conservation measures are recommended.

Vanuatu

Drought conditions are being monitored on Emau Island, located in North Efate in Shefa Province. The island, with a population of 1,000 has not had rainfall since June 2014.

18 Sep 2014 description

Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have delivered vital supplies to remote communities in Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s commitment to provide support to the region.

HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan transported education, medical and flood relief supplies from the capital Honiara to coastal communities in need. Labuan headed north and east to Tulaghi and Auki, with her sister ship Tarakan heading south to Guadalcanal’s very remote Weather Coast.

Commanding Officer of Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, said the landing craft were ideally suited to the task.

17 Sep 2014 description

Many Temotu communities affected by the February 2013 tsunami are on their way back to normalcy, thanks to the resilience of communities and some assistance from various organisations.

Restored food gardens, temporary shelters, and some new livelihood opportunities are among the signs of recovery, one year and a half on from the disaster.

"It’s the local people here who take the initiative to make these programs work at a village level,” said Temotu Premier Fr. Charles Brown Beu.

16 Sep 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Measles cases continue to rise; 1308 cases were reported as of 7 September 2014.

  • This week, 355 new cases were reported.

  • A 21-year-old female from Malaita died from pneumonia related to measles.

  • The National Measles Vaccination Campaign started in Guadalcanal Province (GP) this week.

15 Sep 2014 description

INDIA

Rescue and relief operations are ongoing in Jammu and Kashmir after landslides caused by severe flooding that began on 2 Sep, killed at least 215 people and left 150,000 people still stranded. More than 184,000 people have so far been rescued by the armed forces and National Disaster Response Force. Around 137 relief camps are operating in the Kashmir valley assisting over 100,000 people.

215 dead

184,000 people rescued

PHILIPPINES

15 Sep 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

HONIARA, 15 September 2014 - Following efforts by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and other partners to accelerate a nation- wide measles campaign, UNICEF this week air lifted to Honiara a total of 50,000 doses of Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccines with diluents worth $277,970 SBD ($38,000 USD). This is in addition to the 65,000 MR doses shipped in August. Another 200,000 MR vaccines are scheduled to arrive by next week.

12 Sep 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Remaining flood displaced families have relocated to April Hill, a government land allocated for IDPs, or to family-origin provinces. Consequently, the last two remaining centres (at FOPA and Rove Police Club) are now closed.

  • Water trucking to FOPA and Rove Police club stopped following the closure of both centres in this reporting period but work on sanitation and hygiene promotion in affected communities continues.

11 Sep 2014 description

Contents

  • Natural Disasters and Conflicts in Asia-Pacific
  • Funding Trends
  • Preparedness Activities in Asia-Pacific
  • WHS Regional Consultation for N&SE Asia
  • Philippines
  • Myanmar
  • El Niño in Asia-Pacific
  • Communications with Communities
  • Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination

NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

RISING NUMBER OF STORMS

08 Sep 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 953 cases of measles have been reported in Solomon Islands since 1 July 2014. 436 new cases were reported in the last week.

  • Cases have been reported from Honiara, Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Isabel, Malaita, Makira, Renbel and Temotu provinces.

  • On 1 September, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) launched a National Measles Vaccination Campaign to target all aged 6 months to 30 years in Solomon Islands. The campaign commenced in Honiara and will roll out in the other provinces later in the month.

04 Sep 2014 description

People residing in flood-risk areas have been advised to take precaution and observe disaster safety measures in wake of the current rainy weather.

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has issued a Heavy Rain Alert this morning which is in force for all Provinces in the country.

The situation was caused by a depression which lies over the Solomon Islands and links to a low pressure system located to the southwest of Choiseul Island and slowly moving in a westerly direction.

04 Sep 2014 description

4 September, 2014 Apia, Samoa - Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a historic partnership agreement that aims to improve the way in which weather and climate information is delivered, understood and acted on, by communities living with the everyday impacts of climate change. The three-year Letter of Agreement was signed at the SPREP headquarters in Apia by Jagan Chapagain, Director of the IFRC’s regional office for Asia Pacific and David Sheppard, Director …