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27 Aug 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 July 2015, there were 285 cases of dengue reported in China. From 1 July to 31 July 2015, 130 dengue cases were reported. An increase of cases in the month of July is similar to the previous three years.(Figure 1)

Malaysia

12 Aug 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Influenza-like illness: Nauru, New Zealand

Other updates

Chikungunya

  • Cook Islands have reported a total of 763 cases since October 2014, including 5 new cases in the week ending on 2 August 2015.

Dengue

  • Outbreaks are occurring in American Samoa (dengue serotype-3) and Samoa (dengue serotype-3).

12 Aug 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No Update)

As of 30 June 2015, there were 43 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same reporting period of the previous three years, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

07 Aug 2015 description

Samoa's Ministry of Health says it has recorded 220 cases of dengue fever in the past eight weeks and data shows increasing weekly totals of people affected throughout July.

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05 Aug 2015 description

This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.

Highlights

Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:

03 Aug 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 30 June, there were 43 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015(Figure 1).

Malaysia

03 Aug 2015 description

Samoa joined FAO in 1979 and has hosted the FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands since 1996, covering 14 island states. Over the past 35 years, FAO assistance has focused on building the evidence base and capacities for policy-making, strengthening animal and plant protection and boosting agricultural productivity and marketing in the face of climate change. Samoa is involved in FAO’s new initiative on Value Chains for Food Security and Nutrition in the Pacific Islands

Strengthening animal and plant protection

29 Jul 2015 description

July, 2015, Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Samoa’s call for a regional weather and climate declaration to include international frameworks on sustainable development has been answered.

Specifically, Samoa wanted the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in the Nuku’alofa Ministerial Declaration for Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific.

Regional meteorology Government ministers and representatives are in Tonga for the first Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology and adopted the declaration.

28 Jul 2015 description

More than a hundred clinically diagnosed cases of dengue fever have been recorded in Samoa in just over a month.

Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, the Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, said the fact that 121 cases of dengue have been found is a warning.

He declared that there is an outbreak of dengue fever and cautioned members of the public. “Five of eight blood samples tested confirmed DENV serotype 3,” he explained.

“Since mid June, there has been a cumulative total of 121 dengue like illness (DLI) cases recorded.

23 Jul 2015 description

Climatologists now agree that the world is facing an unfolding El Niño event. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting says that more than half of all climate models are now predicting an El Niño stronger than 1997/8.

Rainfall & El Niño

Less rain in south western Pacic, plunging some countries into drought. More rain in equatorial countries from June -August 2015. If the El Niño is very severe, rainfall may drop steeply from September onwards

Cyclones

22 Jul 2015 description

Key Recommendations

for Cost-Effective and Sustainable Disaster Risk Finance Solutions in the Pacific

21 Jul 2015 description

Maximum Temperature

Temperatures in the Asia-Pacific region can go very high with central India reaching 50oC or more. The Tibetan plateau rarely exceeds 20oC because of its high elevation.

These temperatures are based on average highs over a period of approximately 50 years. Maximum temperatures in the region may therefore be from different months of the year and a temperature in any given location may exceed these maximums.

21 Jul 2015 description

Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification

The highly referenced climate classification map of Wladimir Köppen was published for the first time in 1900 and updated in its latest version by Rudolf Geiger in 1961.

Climate classification is applied to a broad range of topics in climate and climate change research as well as in physical geography, hydrology, agriculture, biology and educational aspects.

21 Jul 2015 description

The Human Footprint

Human influence on the earth’s land surface is a global driver of ecological processes on the planet, en par with climatic trends, geological forces and astronomical variations. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University joined together to systematically map and measure the human influence on the earth’s land surface today.

21 Jul 2015 description

Annual Precipitation

This map shows the average amount of precipitation falling in a year, based on approximately 50 years of data. The figures shown do not therefore represent the amount of precipitation that may occur in any given year.

21 Jul 2015 description

Population Density

Using an innovative approach with GIS and remote sensing, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory LandScanTM is the community standard for global population distribution. At approximately 1 km resolution LandScan is the finest resolution global population distribution data available and represents an ambient population (average over 24 hours).

16 Jul 2015 description

UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper

Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance

Executive Summary

15 Jul 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Guam
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati, New Zealand
  • Prolonged Fever:Nauru
  • Other updates

Chikungunya

  • Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands.
  • Cook Islands have reported a total of 754 cases since October 2014, including 13 new cases in the week ending on July 5 2015.

Dengue

15 Jul 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Palau
  • Diarrhoea: Federated states of Micronesia
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati
  • Prolonged Fever: Kiribati

Other updates

Chikungunya

Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands. Cook Islands have reported a total of 741 cases since October 2014, including 15 new cases in the week ending on June 21 2015.

Dengue