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30 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated states of Micronesia
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati, Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever:Kiribati, Tonga
  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

Other updates

Chikungunya

30 Jun 2015 description

More than 140 delegates from across the Pacific are gathering in Auckland this week to discuss the future of humanitarian action in the region.

Read more on the OCHA website.

30 Jun 2015 description

Elevation and Bathymetry

The region is home to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in China) at 8,848m, as well as the deepest surveyed point in the oceans,
Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench at 10,911m.

30 Jun 2015 description

OCHA in the Pacific

The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. Small, vulnerable island states are isolated by vast expanses of ocean. They experience frequent and intense disasters with disproportionately high economic, social and environmental consequences.

In 1999, OCHA established a Regional Office for the Pacific to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors

30 Jun 2015 description

Regional Partnerships

The Asia-Pacific region contains a diverse array of cultures, environments, and societies. One of the fastest growing economic regions in the world, it is also the most disaster-prone. While natural disasters affect the region frequently, as this region continues along its path of development, regional partnerships will be essential in developing the capacities of countries to reduce risk and vulnerability and to respond to disasters.

29 Jun 2015 description

(Auckland, 30 June 2015): More than 140 delegates from across the Pacific have gathered in Auckland to discuss the future of humanitarian action in the region.Co-chaired by Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the Pacific is the seventh of eight regional consultations being held ahead of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.

25 Jun 2015 description

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE PACIFIC?

Drought

Hight risk of severe drought in PNG,
Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Island. The risk of drought is also high for Palau, Northern Marianas and Guam, FSM and Marshall Islands.

Increased rainfall

Above normal rainfall is expected in Kiribati between June and August 2015

Cyclones

23 Jun 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Introduction

According to the World Risk Index 2014, the Pacific has four (Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea) of the top ten countries at greatest risk. Vanuatu is at the top of the list. In previous years, Fiji was also included among the top ten.

22 Jun 2015 description

OVERVIEW

The Pacific Region had nine major emergencies between November 2013 and June 2014.The 2014 - 2015 cyclone season has been one of the most active in terms of the number and intensity of cyclones, as well as the length of season. A total of 9 cyclones were observed with five of these having significant humanitarian consequences.

19 Jun 2015 description

Summary

This Revised International Appeal seeks a total of CHF 6,886,878 to enable the IFRC to support the coordinated response of the Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS), Kiribati Red Cross Society (KRCS), Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS), Tuvalu Red Cross Society (TRCS) and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) to deliver emergency assistance and longer-term support to some 100,200 people (20,040 households) following Tropical Cyclone Pam (and other storms) for a period of 24 months.

16 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga
  • Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu
  • Prolonged Fever:Pitcairn Islands, Tonga

Other updates

Chikungunya

14 Jun 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Tokelau, Tonga
  • Influenza-like illness: Tonga
  • Prolonged Fever:Tonga, Kiribati
  • Acute Fever and Rash: Palau

Other updates

Chikungunya

12 Jun 2015 description

5 June, Port Vila, Vanuatu – On World Environment Day this year, the Government of Vanuatu and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a milestone Host Country Agreement, which will facilitate the in-country implementation of the Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) Project.

09 Jun 2015 description

The unfolding El Niño event is predicted by climate models to be a major event, possibly one of the strongest ever recorded

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE PACIFIC?

Drought

08 Jun 2015 description

Overview

The Asia Pacific zone (APZ) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) comprises the zone office in Kuala Lumpur, four regional offices in Suva (Pacific), Bangkok (Southeast Asia), Delhi (South Asia) and Beijing (East Asia) and 12 country offices, adopting a “best-positioned” strategy to support the national societies (NSs) in the zone according to their needs. Through this decentralized management structure, the Asia Pacific zone office directs the work of the regional and country offices.

08 Jun 2015 description

Fiji farmers joined their colleagues from Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu at the Ministry of Agriculture Research Station in Sigatoka, Fiji, this week to explore and learn new technologies that could mitigate extreme weather conditions and help grow temperate crops all year round.

Off-season vegetable production in the South Pacific occurs in the rainy summer months, typically October to March, when vegetable production is curtailed by high rainfall, high temperatures and humidity.

08 Jun 2015 description

Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale will join community leaders from Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands on Monday at an emergency meeting on the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior to develop an action plan following the devastation of Cyclone Pam.

Representatives from the Philippines, including former Philippines climate change commissioner Naderev Yeb Saño, will also join the workshop to share their experiences of super typhoons Haiyan and Hagupit that devastated the cities of Tacloban and Dolores in 2013 and 2014.