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28 Mar 2017 description
report WaterAid

Introduction

It’s official. In 2016, global temperatures reached a record high for the third year in a row, and reports of extreme weather events continued to come in from around the world.

Drought gripped southern Africa, leaving 14 million people in countries including Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi facing severe food shortages. The Indian government acknowledged that more than a quarter of the country’s population was affected by drought, amid media reports of wells running dangerously low and farmers falling heavily into debt.

28 Mar 2017 description
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Global - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 28 Mar 2017.
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Bangladesh - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 28 Mar 2017.
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Haiti - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 28 Mar 2017.
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Indonesia - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 28 Mar 2017.
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Madagascar - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 28 Mar 2017.
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Myanmar - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 28 Mar 2017.
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Nigeria - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 28 Mar 2017.
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Pacific Region - Vanuatu - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 28 Mar 2017.
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Operation Analysis Portal - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 28 Mar 2017.

Preparedness saves lives and money during disasters and crises. Adequate preparedness by national actors can also significantly improve first response at the local and national level, and reduce the need for international mobilization. This goal focuses on supporting the national logistics capacity of identified disaster prone countries.

Goal 1: PREPARE

Strengthen the immediate response capacity of national actors in disaster-prone countries and identify the best capacities for response.

20 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

March 21, 2017

Rainwater harvesting systems can provide safer and more reliable access to water for many people in Kiribati. This is just one of the activities being rolled out through the Kiribati Adaptation Program to help local communities better prepare themselves for the impacts of climate change.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kiribati is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and sea level rise.

20 Mar 2017 description
report Start Network

SURGE RESEARCH TEAM:
LOIS AUSTIN, SARAH GROSSO AND GLENN O’NEIL
MARCH 2017

13 Mar 2017 description

MYANMAR

As a result of attacks on security and civilian targets by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in Laukkai (Kokang Self-Administered Zone) on 6 March, media sources reported that up to 20,000 people are estimated to have fled across the border into China. At least 30 people, including five civilians, were reportedly killed in the violence. Thousands of migrant workers from other parts of Myanmar have also fled the Laukkai area and are returning home.

20,000 people estimated to have crossed into China

INDONESIA

08 Mar 2017 description

Overview

Papua New Guinea is at risk from earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and volcanic eruptions. Across the islands, there are 16 active volcanoes of which six (Rabaul, Ulawun, Pago, Karkar, Manam, and Mount Lamington) are classified as high risk.

02 Mar 2017 description

2016-KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Joint FAO-WFP support to Fiji Food Security & Livelihoods Cluster to complete Tropical Cyclone Winston Recovery Needs & Vulnerability Assessment

  • Cluster support, such as (training, workshops and remote support) activities and plans proposed for Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu

  • Joint WFP-UNDP-rPFSCsupport to Solomon Islands Rapid Sectoral Assessment and 72-hr assessment tool training for Makira earthquake response

28 Feb 2017 description

28 February 2017 – The Government of New Zealand is collaborating with the United Nations Development Programme to design and secure financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for a new generation of climate change adaptation projects for vulnerable Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific.

23 Feb 2017 description
report Caritas

The El Nino of 2015/2016 was unforgiving, decimating crops, drying up water sources and cutting communities in the Papua New Guinea Highlands adrift, as they either suffered in remote areas or left home for lower altitudes in search of water and food.

22 Feb 2017 description

SUMMARY STATEMENT

  • Season: Kiribati is currently in Wet season, AU MEANG (Nov-April).

  • ENSO Status: Neutral

  • Drought Highlights based on rainfall records:

    • Butaritari , Beru and Kirimati were in drought for the 3 and 6 months while Butaritari remains in drought for the 12 month.

    • Tarawa, and Kanton were in warnings for 3 month and 6 month except Kanton currently in watch for 6 month.

19 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

World Bank announces US$70 million water and sanitation support to PNG

WASHINGTON D.C., February 9, 2017 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a credit of US$70 million (PGK223 million) to support Papua New Guinea (PNG)’s water sector, improving access to clean and reliable water supply services for the population of nine provincial towns and 10 rural districts across PNG.

09 Feb 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Scott B. Power, Head of Climate Research/International Development Manager, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Brad Murphy, Manager, Climate Data Services, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Christine Chung, Research Scientist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
François Delage, Assistant scientist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Hua Ye, Climate IT Officer, Australian Bureau of Meteorology

08 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

January Climate Summary

  • Rainfall deficit from the end of 2016 continued in January throughout the country. Limited rainfall caused dry conditions throughout the country and the temperature was warmer than average.

  • Highest maximum day time temperature was 33.3°C recorded on the 23rd in Fua'amotu

  • The lowest night time minimum temperature was 17.7°C recorded on the 1st in Fua'amotu.

  • November, December, January rain summary:

06 Feb 2017 description

Highlights: FNS Distribution

  • Seven atolls/islands severely affected by the 2016 drought received a three month supply of supplemental food assistance (SFA) supplied by the U.S. Food Nutrition Service (FNS). The SFA was distributed to communities in Maloelap, Wotje, Mejit, Ailuk, Arno (Rearlaplap), Wotho and Kwajalein. The distributions began on October 21st and ended on November 17, 2016.
02 Feb 2017 description
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El Nino 2015-2016 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.
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Disaster associated with El Nino in 1997-1998, 2002-2003 or 2009-2010 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughtsfloods and **extreme hot** and **cold weather**.

20 Jan 2017 description

Papua New Guinea's National Agriculture Research Institute is partnering with civil society in the Highlands to help build resilience to future droughts.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

17 Jan 2017 description
report CARE

Aid organisation CARE International today issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.

The report, Suffering in Silence, features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.

16 Jan 2017 description

SUMMARY STATEMENT

  • Season: Kiribati is currently in Wet season, AU MEANG (Nov-April).

  • ENSO Status: In Neutral.

Drought Highlights:

  • Rainfall records show that Butaritari,Beru and Kiritimati are in drought for the 3 months period (affects crops and rainwater tanks) and 6 month periods (affects household wells). Butaritari is also in drought for the12 months period which can affect ground water lens in wells at households.

13 Jan 2017 description

In Mangaia, the second largest of the Cook Islands, five young leaders are being trained in organic farming practices so that they can supply their local markets, as well as export their crops to the capital island of Rarotonga, alleviating the country’s heavy reliance on foreign imports. Three of the five participants are women, who were not traditionally farmers on Mangaia.

FARMING REVOLUTION