As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease.
Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji.
The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.
18th November 2015 The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Tonga, H.E Huang Huanguang today presented donation of TOP$69,000.00 to the Secretary General of Tonga Red Cross Society to assist with the Water Catchment Project to the people of Niuafo’ou.
• A strong El Niño is now in force with some climatologists warning it could rival the 1997/98 event which was the most severe on record.
• In an El Niño year, the cyclone season usually runs longer and features a greater proportion of severe cyclones forming over a larger area.
• Up to 13 Pacific countries could be affected by El Niño-related drought, placing as many as 4.7 million people at risk.
The people of Tonga are advised to conserve water and prepare for warmer days and higher chance for tropical cyclone activity in the next three to six-months.
There is drought in the two Niuas, while drought warnings have been issued for the remaining islands.
Rainfall across Tonga during October was drier than normal with Fua'amotu with 19.6mm recording its lowest rainfall for October on record in 36 years, while Nuku'alofa with 10.1mm recorded its second lowest rainfall for October on record.
11th November 2015
Conserve water and prepare for warmer days and higher chance for tropical cyclone activity over the next 3 to 6 months
El Nino Advice
A strong El Niño in the Pacific Ocean continues to dominate the countries that border the Pacific oceans. All indicators and previous records shows further warming remains possible and all international climate models indicate that the strong El Niño is likely to persist until the end of 2015 before and decline during the first quarter of 2016.
A series highlighting key GFDRR-supported initiatives
Small Island States include two-thirds of the countries that face the highest losses due to natural disasters, and the costs are growing. Tropical cyclones alone cause an estimated $835 million of damages in the Caribbean and $178 million in the Pacific each year. These recurrent losses undermine growth and add to national debt.
However, proven interventions can increase the capacity to anticipate, absorb and bounce back from natural disasters.
As many as 4.7 million people in 11 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease. Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji. The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.
The November regional advisory on the potential for drought in the Pacific confirms much of the region will get less than normal rainfall over the next three months.
By Pita Ligaiula in Niue
The United States today announced a US$5 million climate change project for the Pacific in the next five years.
The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Fiji, Judith Beth Cefkin at the Pacific Community (SPC) Conference underway in Alofi.
“The US is very committed to work with fellow members of the Pacific Community to increase resilience of the peoples of the Pacific particularly adapting to and mitigating global climate change and promoting sustainable inclusive economic development
A specialist in Papua New Guinea agriculture and food says during the El Niño weather pattern countries need to be prepared to deal with disease.
The gFSC global dashboard provides a quick snapshot of the country-level Food Security Clusters around the world. The updated dasboard shows that as of October 2015, the country-level Food Security Clusters remain only at 52 percent funded against their yearly requirements
Tonga is hoping that rain currently falling over the Niua islands will head south and relieve the drought-stricken country.
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The IASC Alert, Early Warning and Readiness report is produced bi-annually as an inter-agency effort by the Task Team on Preparedness and Resilience (TTPR) for IASC member agencies. The report highlights serious risks that were either identified as being of particular strategic operational concern or as having a high probability and impact on humanitarian needs. In addition to collaboratively assembling the report, the report includes an analysis of the state of readiness, prepared by OCHA, which is compared against each risk.
Suva, Fiji – National Disaster Management officers from 15 Pacific Island countries gather in Fiji today to review their successes and challenges in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters in the region, suchas tropical cyclone Pam.
The European Union-supported Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) project is bringing the disaster managers together for the project’s annual Regional Steering Committee implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to review the challenges, progress and best way forward into 2016.
Current conditions and forecast
A strong El Niño prevails in the tropical Pacific Ocean and is expected to be the most powerful manifestation since 1997–98. A weak monsoon season and associated drought is the dominant feature across South and South-East Asia.
Suva, Fiji, 29 October 2015
Two hundred people involved in disaster response across the region are gathered in Suva for the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting where the impact of disasters on women and children has been on the agenda today.
The meeting was addressed by HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan on the role of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) programs in building resilience to disaster and climate change.
26th October 2015 Tropical Cyclone Outlook For The Next TC Season.
The tropical cyclone (TC) activity expected in the 2015/16 TC Season to affect Tonga is likely to be higher than average. This means that Tonga could expect 2 to 3 cyclones this season with a high chance that 1 of them could be Severe (Category 3 and above classified a Severe Tropical Cyclone).
KETUNG MIRI VILLAGE, Indonesia , 22 October 2015 (IRIN) - Rice is so central to life in this tiny mountain village in Indonesia that Ngadimin uses the harvests as his calendar.
The weathered farmer breaks the year into harvests. There's the first harvest, then the second, with a growing season of alternative crops in between. It hasn’t rained since “the second rice,” said Ngadimin, who uses just one name like many Indonesians.