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Fiji: Past disaster experiences show lack of preparedness

The experiences of the past many years, has demonstrated to us, the severity and the frequency of natural hazards, and indeed, as we all know, the impact of the disasters is magnified by our lack of preparedness.

Acting Deputy Secretary of Education Primary and Secondary, Jimione Buwawa highlighted the findings as he launched the Educational Manuals on Disaster Preparedness at the Raffles Tradewinds yesterday (9/09/08).

"Today is a significant day, as we meet here to witness the launch of the Fiji Educational Manual on Disaster management," he said.

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Papua New Guinea + 2 others
Pacific and Papua New Guinea Appeal No. MAA55001 Programme Update no. 4

This report covers the period 1/7/2007 to 31/10/2007 of the 2006-07 appeal.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary: There have been no dramatic events during this reporting period. Response to the tsunami

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Fiji: Govt assists the Northern flood victims

The interim Government has taken great efforts to assist the flood victims in the Northern Divisions.

In an exclusive interview, the Deputy Director for Fijian Affairs, Heritage, Provincial Development and Multi-Ethnic Affairs, Mukesh Prasad informed the Ministry of Information that the recent victims of the first flood received the assistance from the government through the distribution of the food, rations and cash.

"Food ration was distributed to evacuation centres in the Northern Division in the first flood. One month

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Fiji + 2 others
Pacific and Papua New Guinea Appeal No. MAA55001 Report 2006-2007

This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2006 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary:

In the overall development of the Pacific

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Aid for Fijian children in wake of floods

New Zealand will provide $209,000 ($F240,000) to support families struggling to recover after serious flooding in Fiji, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

"The recent floods on the main island of Vanua Levu caused an estimated $F15 million in damage," Mr Peters said.

"Many affected families are still struggling to regain a semblance of normal life, with their children and local schools having borne the brunt of the disaster.

"Our grant to Save the Children is the most substantial financial contribution to date from any donor.

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Rapid Response Payment No. 5/2007: Fiji flash floods

Funds Sent To: The World Council of Churches Office in the Pacific

Amount Sent: US$49,892

Date: 14 March 2007

Details of Payment

Emergency: Fiji flash floods

Date of Emergency: from mid-February (alert sent out on February 22nd)

Implementing partners: Overall co-ordination of the relief programme will be carried out by the World Council of Churches Office in the Pacific in co-operation with the Pacific Conference of Churches and the Fiji Council of Churches. The WCC OP will also be responsible of reporting the whole relief programme. The Fiji Council

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Press Release 14 Mar 2007 No. 5

Black Packs Issued to 35 Families

Thirty-five families in Orata, Nayaca, Bulileka Low Cost Housing, Namoli, Batanikama, Vunivaivai and Bobale in Labasa were assisted with Black Packs by the Fiji Red Cross Society today (14/03).

The distribution followed a thorough assessment by a team from the District Administration in Labasa, which included the Fiji Red Cross over the last two days. The families comprised of between four to six people.

Black Packs contain items of clothing, blankets, water collection containers, toiletries, insect repellents and

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Press Release 13 Mar 2007 No. 4

Assistance For North Flood Victims

The tropical depression which formed over the Fiji Group on Thursday, 8 March was responsible for much of the flooding that resulted from periods of heavy rain in some parts of the two main islands.

The Fiji Red Cross Society's (FRCS) National Office as well as its respective branches in the North and West, has closely monitored the situation over the last five days.

In Labasa, the FRCS Labasa Branch completed its assessment and provided immediate relief of bed sheets to 28 of the

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Situation Report 1 - Fiji flooding

Prepared: 1500hrs Monday 12th March,2007

Flood Response 9th - 11th March, 2007

1. INTRODUCTION

The tropical depression which formed in the Fiji group on Thursday th8 and a low pressure situation presently covering the country is responsible for the heavy rainfall situation particularly in certain areas of the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

Both situations have caused separate flooding incidents. Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) having completed assessments and an immediate relief effort in the Macuata region (in the island Vanua

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ACT Alert Fiji 01/07: Torrential rain and flash floods

Geneva, 22 February 2007 - Continuous torrential rains have been lashing the Pacific islands of Fiji for the past three weeks causing wide-spread flooding. On the main islands of Viti Levu, the tourist destination of Nadi - a town of approximately 30,000 people - was completely under 2m of water forcing the army and the police to declare a state of emergency.

To the north, the second largest island has been severely damaged by flash floods. Two villages of 86 houses were completely washed away when logs from a nearby logging project rushed down

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Fiji: Farmers cautioned on weather

The Agriculture Ministry is requesting farmers in the low-lying flood prone areas to take precautionary measures in a bid to minimize flood damages to their crops and livestock.

This request follows warnings from Director of Meteorology Rajendra Prasad, who said a tropical depression moving across the region is expected to bring more rain and gusty winds for the rest of the week.

According to the Director for Animal Health and Production, Joeli Vakabua, animals should be taken to higher grounds before the floods arrive and tied there.

"Animals should be moved during

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Fiji: Relieving the impact of flooding

The Fiji Red Cross Society has worked tirelessly this past fortnight to relieve the immediate impact of flooding on 260 families in the Northern and Western Divisions.

Relief efforts have seen the distribution of Black Packs to families in Namara and Naodamu in Labasa on 6 February, Vatukuca, Vaturomule and Domokavu in Cakaudrove on February 10 and in the Western Division, families in Namotomoto, Narewa, Navoci, Nakavu, Nawaka, Navokai and Dratabu were also assisted on 16 February.

Black Packs contain items of clothing,

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Fiji: North continue with disaster control

The Northern Health Services has recorded 30 cases of Diarrhea per day over the past two days.

And work continues to contain the disease and any possible outbreak.

Labasa Hospital has been recording an average of 10 cases per day, with Savusavu Hospital recording an average of 15 cases.

Nabouwalu Hospital and Taveuni Hospital have also recorded attending to some cases over the past two days.

The Ministry is working hard at containing any outbreak, with the team from the Vector Control Unit in Suva working on spraying affected areas.

Phenol spraying of the Labasa dump and

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Aid for Fiji flood victims

New Zealand will give Fiji Red Cross $35,000 to assist relief efforts following major flooding in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

"New Zealand has taken a strong stand against Commodore Bainimarama and other coup perpetrators, but this will not stop us helping ordinary Fijians in a time of need," Mr Peters said.

"Several hundred people have been evacuated because of the floods, and many of them are from squatter settlements. These people are poor and vulnerable and need immediate assistance in the

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Fiji: Situation Report/National Emergency Operation Centre - 15 Feb 2007

National Emergency Operation Centre
(Level 1, Regional House, 1 Knolly Street, Suva)
Incident/Event: Flood Western Division
SITREP No.: 07/07

1.0 Weather Situation

Weather Bulletin issued form the National Weather Forecasting Center Nadi at 3.30pm Thursday the 15th of February 2007 a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain over the northeastern parts of Fiji is moving southwest. Associated cloud and rain are spreading over the group from the north

Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the

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Fiji: Sigatoka training camp open as evacuation centre

The Ministry of Youth and Sports, National Youth Training Camp (NYTC) based in Sigatoka has been opened as an Evacuation Centre.

However, there are no families present as the Lawai Bridge is still under water.

NYTC officers have to go through the Nacocolevu Research Station to get into Sigatoka town.

And the officers say that flood waters had receded slowly yesterday but is rising again this morning due to the heavy rain in the interior of Nadroga/Navosa.

According to NYTC officers, the vegetables have been damaged by the flood and would have to be replanted. The banana

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Fiji: Flood waters recede in the West

Flash flood waters have receded as situations in the west moves closer to normal, Commissioner Western Savenaca Kaunisela reported this morning.

According to Mr Kaunisela, several districts have normalised but cloudy and humid conditions with isolated showers continue to prevail.

"Tavua and Ba have normalised as well as Lautoka, Yasawa but we are still on the lookout for Nadi. The water level at both Nadi River and Qeleloa River has receded to its banks," he said.

"As from this morning (6am) Nadi Town has been free from flooding and all roads are now accessible for travelling."

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Fiji: DISMAC West activates evacuation centres

The Disaster Management Centre's (DISMAC) Western Division has activated four evacuation centres considering the escalating flooding conditions.

They are Vunayasi District School, Nadi College, Meigunyah Muslim College and Nadi Muslim Primary School.

Commissioner Western Savenaca Kaunisela confirmed the decisions based on continuous rain that has crippled transportation, closing off Nadi back road to all traffic.

Mr Kaunisela said continuous rainfall from midnight up to this morning caused the overflow of Qeleloa creek and low lying areas to flood.

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Statement by the Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama - Quick reaction to north flooding

I would like to take this time to commend all Government officials including those in the Fiji Police Force, Republic of the Fiji Military Forces, the National Fire Authority and the Fiji Electricity of Authority for their responsiveness and quick-turn-around-time in assisting victims of the recent flash flood in the North.

The floods from heavy rain, I was told was caused by a Tropical Depression that passed through Vanua Levu and Taveuni on Sunday night.

The response to the disaster by government officials and volunteers were immediate even though they faced personal