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01 May 2016 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Small island states are a group of 39 countries that are small, geographically isolated, and highly vulnerable to shocks.

  • They represent two-thirds of the countries suffering the highest relative losses due to natural disasters – between one and nine percent of GDP annually.

  • These losses are being further exacerbated by climate change.

28 Apr 2016 description

ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE, MICROCEPHALY AND GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME

 As of 27 April, 55 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 42 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

 Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

27 Apr 2016 description

INDIA

• Severe weather, including heavy rain and extreme high temperatures, has been affecting several parts of the country over the past weeks, causing casualties and damage.

• In the state of Odisha, 30 people are reported to have died as a heatwave continues to worsen, as of 14 April.

• In the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, local media reported at least 15 people dead, thousands affected and several homes damaged due to floods and landslides, as of 25 April.

CHINA

26 Apr 2016 description

Climate change heightens Pacific island countries’ vulnerability, according to a new report by WHO

Ensuring a health-in-all-policies approach, health considerations should be incorporated into national policies and plans relevant to climate change

25 Apr 2016 description
report Government of Samoa

PRESS RELEASE

25 APRIL 2016

Samoa was hit by Tropical Cyclone Amos on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

The Government’s response and recovery efforts is outlined in this media release and is based on information collected from multiple government agencies – namely the Disaster Advisory Committee’s reports to the National Disaster Council.

25 Apr 2016 description

Pacific Beat

Samoans are counting the cost of Tropical Cyclone Amos, which hit the country on Saturday night as a category three storm, with some surprised by an inaccurate forecast.

The Pacific nation escaped the worst after Amos sped past the main islands and weakened from a category four system that was earlier predicted to strike the capital, Apia, directly.

But damage has been reported to some roads, and heavy rain has brought flooding, particularly in the east of Suvai'i island.

25 Apr 2016 description

JAPAN

Following the 6.5 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes which struck Kumamoto Prefecture on 14 and 16 April, an estimated 60,000 people remain in more than 600 evacuation centres. With the resumption of basic services, the number of the evacuees has decreased from 112,100 people last week. The Government has secured apartment units for 8,350 households as temporary accommodation. On 22 April, the Republic of Korea delivered food, bottled water and blankets, by sending two military aircraft to Kumamoto Airport.

25 Apr 2016 description

Tropical Cyclone Amos has passed over Samoa at a lower intensity than predicted, however the category three storm has caused flooding and infrastructure damage.

Samoa appears to have emerged largely unscathed by Cyclone Amos, which hit the country overnight as a category three system.

Amos was forecast to directly hit Samoa as a powerful category four system, but it weakened overnight as it approached land.

25 Apr 2016 description

PDC - 20P - TRMM2

The TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) product contains near-real time precipitation accumulation estimates on a 0.25 degree latitude/longitude grid covering the globe from 50 S to 50 N latitude. This map represents a 3-Day time period.

24 Apr 2016 description

Samoans are counting the cost of Tropical Cyclone Amos, which hit the country on Saturday night as a category three storm, with some surprised by an inaccurate forecast.

The Pacific nation escaped the worst after Amos sped past the main islands and weakened from a category four system that was earlier predicted to strike the capital, Apia, directly.

But damage has been reported to some roads, and heavy rain has brought flooding, particularly in the east of Suvai'i island.

24 Apr 2016 description

JTWC SUMMARY:TROPICAL CYCLONE 20P (AMOS), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 79 NM EAST- NORTHEAST OF PAGO PAGO, HAS TRACKED EASTWARD AT 07 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. THE CURRENT POSITION IS BASED ON RECENT SATELLITE FIXES FROM PGTW, KNES, AND PHFO, A 240844Z AMSU IMAGE, AND A 240932Z AMSU IMAGE. THERE IS LOW CONFIDENCE IN THE INITIAL POSITION DUE TO THE INCREASINGLY INDISTINCT SIGNATURE OF THE LOW LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER.

24 Apr 2016 description

Red Cross has relief supplies and emergency teams in place as Cyclone Amos sweeps through Samoa.

Reports of flooded roads and fallen trees are emerging as Cyclone Amos brings torrential rain to Samoa.

The cyclone is currently category 3 and moving east-southeast.

Samoa's main islands, Savai'i and Upolu, are experiencing heavy rain, and the Samoa Met Service has warned people to expect flooding, landslides and flying debris. Flooding is also expected in the capital, Apia, if the river flushes debris upstream.

24 Apr 2016 description
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JTWC SUMMARY: TROPICAL CYCLONE 20P (AMOS), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 46 NM NORTHEAST OF PAGO PAGO, HAS TRACKED EASTWARD AT 07 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. THE CURRENT POSITION IS BASED ON RECENT SATELLITE FIXES FROM PGTW, KNES, PHFO, AND ABRF AND A 240624Z SSMIS IMAGE. THERE IS LOW CONFIDENCE IN THE INITIAL POSITION DUE TO THE INCREASINGLY INDISTINCT SIGNATURE OF THE LOW LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER. THE INTENSITY OF 50 KNOTS IS SET WITHIN A RANGE OF SUBJECTIVE DVORAK CURRENT INTENSITY ESTIMATES, BETWEEN 45 AND 65 KNOTS, AND IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PREVIOUSLY-OBSERVED WEAKENING TREND.

24 Apr 2016 description

The ADB program in Samoa has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.

ADB has been working with Samoa since 1966, with approved loans, Asian Development Fund grants, and technical assistance totaling $340.46 million.

23 Apr 2016 description

JTWC SUMMARY: T232100Z POSITION NEAR 14.2S 170.0W. TROPICAL CYCLONE 20P (AMOS), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 25 NM NORTHEAST OF PAGO PAGO, HAS TRACKED EAST SOUTHEASTWARD AT 16 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. A SMALL HOOK FEATURE INDICATING THE CENTER OF THE SYSTEM, LENDING MODERATE CONFIDENCE TO THE INITIAL POSITION. THE CURRENT INTENSITY IS ASSESSED AT 90 KNOTS IN CONGRUENCE WITH SUBJECTIVE DVORAK CURRENT INTENSITY ESTIMATES FROM PGTW/KNES/NFFN. TC AMOS SPED UP OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS WHILE CONTINUING TO TRACK EAST- SOUTHEASTWARD.

23 Apr 2016 description

Tropical Cyclone Amos located northwest of Apia, Samoa is slowly moving east and intensifying. It is forecast to lie about 170km northwest of Apia as a strong Category 3 by midnight Saturday (NZST), with sustained winds of 85 knots (157km/h) close to the centre.

23 Apr 2016 description

Published: 23 April 2016

Suva, 23 April 2016 – Samoa Red Cross Society has been preparing stocks and personnel in advance of the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Amos, which is forecast to impact the country as a Category 4 cyclone later tonight.

The cyclone is expected to affect most of Samoa, in particular the island of Savai’i. Samoa Red Cross has moved stocks of tarpaulins for emergency shelter and other essential aid to the island in anticipation.

23 Apr 2016 description

JTWC SUMMARY: TROPICAL CYCLONE 20P (AMOS), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 93 NM NORTHWEST OF PAGO PAGO, HAS TRACKED EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD AT 13 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. THE CURRENT POSITION IS BASED ON RECENT SATELLITE FIXES FROM PGTW, KNES, AND PHFO. TC 20P HAS CONTINUED TO TRACK RAPIDLY EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD UNDER THE STEERING INFLUENCE OF A NEAR-EQUATORIAL RIDGE DURING THE PAST SIX HOURS. BASED ON RECENT STORM MOTION, NEAR-TERM FORECAST TRACK SPEEDS HAVE INCREASED AND THE NEAR- TO MEDIUM-TERM TRACK FORECAST HAS SHIFTED SLIGHTLY TO THE EAST FROM THE PREVIOUS FORECAST.