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Malaysia + 13 others
Dengue Situation Update, 21 October 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08–14 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Fiji + 13 others
Asia-Pacific region: El Niño Snapshot - October 2014

What is El Niño?

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 9 others
Small yet strong: voices from Oceania on the environment

Report
Caritas

About this report

This report draws from interviews carried out with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners and networks between March and August 2014. We approached groups with these key questions:

What are the environmental issues you are experiencing in your work and community?

What responses are people making?

What solutions do you think should be made?

What else do you want to tell us about environmental impacts affecting people in your community?

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Building Back Better in Tonga after Cyclone Ian

Report
World Bank

Results & Achievements

  • With the World Bank's support, Tonga developed a Housing Recovery and Reconstruction policy clearly outlining the government's strategy for housing reconstruction and self-recovery after Tropical Cyclone Ian.

  • A damage assessment helped to leverage $12 million in World Bank grants and low-interest credits, and a $2 million grant from the ACP-EU NDRR Program.

  • Cyclone-proof housing design was completed and reconstruction contracts awarded within six months after the disaster.

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Tonga + 1 other
Japan handed over Water Supply System for Feletoa Village

02nd October 2014 On September 25th 2014, the Government of Japan handed over the Project for Upgrading of Feletoa Village’s Water Supply System. H.E. Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga handed over the upgraded water supply system on behalf of the people and Government of Japan during a commissioning ceremony held at 1:00pm, at Feletoa village in Vava’u.

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Tonga + 1 other
Japan handed over Water Supply System for Holonga Village

02nd October 2014 On September 25th 2014, the Government of Japan handed over the Project for Upgrading of Holonga Village’s Water Supply System. H.E. Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga handed over the upgraded water supply system on behalf of the people and Government of Japan during a commissioning ceremony held at 9:30am, at Holonga village in Vava’u.

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Tonga + 1 other
Japan handed over Water Supply System for Ha’alaufuli Village

On September 24th 2014, the Government of Japan handed over the Project for Upgrading of Ha’alaufuli’s Water Supply System. H.E. Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga handed over the upgraded water supply system on behalf of the people and Government of Japan during a commissioning ceremony held at 2:00pm, at Ha’alaufuli village in Vava’u.

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New Zealand Red Cross responds to drought in Tonga

New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga.

Low rainfall in Tonga over the past three months has resulted in extremely low water levels, particularly in the Ha’apai islands,which are still recovering from Tropical Cyclone Ian, which damaged homes and infrastructure, including water tanks and water collection systems.

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The LDS church begins to build 114 houses destroyed in Ha'apai

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tonga is starting to rebuild 114 houses that were destroyed by Cyclone Ian earlier this year.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

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World + 23 others
Assemblée générale: sur fond d’appels vibrants au multilatéralisme, le Chef de la diplomatie russe dénonce la polarisation de la scène internationale

AG/11564

Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
15e & 16e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

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World + 18 others
Unparalleled Global Pressures Tempered in General Assembly Debate by Appeals to Forge Bonds with Neighbours, Mitigate Man-Made, Natural Disasters

GA/11564

Sixty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)

Amid growing global tensions and turmoil, fostering neighbourly relations was vital to national development and prosperity and in keeping with the “surge of democracy” spreading throughout the world, the General Assembly heard today as debate continued into the weekend.

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Malaysia + 12 others
Dengue Situation Update, 09 September 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacifc Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

As of 3 September 2014 a total of 134 cases of dengue reported in Japan. Local transmision of dengue:

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Vanuatu + 10 others
The Pacific - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 19 September 2014)

Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries with the signs of El Niño development, while measles and chikungunya outbreaks are reported in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Climate Update for Tonga: August 2014 Climate Summary, Rainfall Outlook and Drought Update for October - December 2014

August Climate in Brief

 CONSERVE WATER!
 Water conservation measures is recommended to be taken as much as possible across the country.
 The rainfall for August was very low in Tongatapu and below normal in Vavaú, Haápai and Niuafoou
 The rainfall outlook for the October to December 2014 period is for normal to below normal across the country .
 El Niño development remains possible during the coming months.

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Current Conditions

Drought Update

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More help needed for Tonga's dry Ha'apai

Emergency officials in Tonga may use a Defence Service patrol boat to get assistance to the drought-stricken Ha'apai islands.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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World + 2 others
Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’

Report
Guardian

Data on the 2004 tsunami found that women were more affected than men. It’s time to recognise gender in disaster response

Philippa Ross in Suva

Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.

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World + 11 others
IFRC and SPREP sign partnership to improve climate information and reduce disaster risk for Pacific Islanders

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.

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World + 3 others
SIDS challenged to invest in climate services

By PACNEWS Editor Makereta Komai in Samoa

Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been challenged to priorities investment in their meteorology and climate services because the end profit saves lives and properties.

That’s the advice of Cuba’s Weather Forecasting Services director, Dr Jose Rubeira, whose 20 years experience and strategies have saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in economic losses.