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30 Mar 2012 description

In January 2009 prolonged heavy rains in Fiji's Western and Northern provinces, and parts of the Central divisions, caused severe flooding. The floods caused widespread damage to farms, schools, and medical facilities.

Loma Nursing Station, on the flood plain of the Sigatoka River, was badly affected, meaning nearby communities lost vital access to health care.

17 Jan 2011 description

Updated January 17, 2011 16:52:29

Fiji's Health Ministry is urging people during the wet season to take precautions against disease.

Heavy rain last week has caused some flash floods in Ba and Rakiraki in the country's Western division.

National Emergency Health Coordinator, Semi Masilomani describes the health risks those affected by flash floods and cyclones could be facing over the next few months.

Presenter: Christine Webster

Speaker: Fiji National Emergency Health Coordinator, Semi Masilomani

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30 Dec 2010 description

On 23rd-24th November, Fiji Red Cross Society staff, volunteers, and partner organizations will attend a workshop where they will learn how to operate a newly designed portable water purification system. The Nomad system, at a value of approximately $75,000 USD, was generously donated to the Fiji Red Cross Society by Australian Red Cross. This technology is the first of its kind in Fiji.

"One of the highest priorities when responding to a disaster is securing safe drinking water. People cannot survive without water," said Annie Rogers, Fiji Red Cross National Board Member.

17 Dec 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

More than 14 families in Simililaya, Sigatoka are all praising Government and the Multi-Ethnic Affairs Department for assisting them drill a borehole and construct a new water tank.

The Multi-Ethnic Affairs director Mr Sushil Sudhakar reiterated to community members the need to work in unity so this project could benefit them and the generations to come.

"Our Government has always been committed to providing better services to the people in terms of proper water supply, better health services and assisting people in the education sector," Mr Sudhakar said when commissioning …

28 Jul 2010 description

MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT

It is always a pleasure for me to write this Report. This is because it gives me an opportunity to reflect on our Society, our work, our achievements and to contemplate where we go from here. Circumstances evolve of course and it is our challenge to remain focused on our objectives, maintaining and improving our standards when carrying out our work and to abide by our Fundamental Principles at all times.

28 May 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

The Australian Aid Program has provided over F$400,000 to fund the construction of a new Nursing Station at Loma outside Sigatoka.

The existing Nursing Station is located within the flood plain of the Sigatoka River and was badly affected by the January 2009 floods where extensive damage was caused to equipment, furniture and the station's stock of pharmaceuticals.

The new Nursing Station will be located on higher ground that is unlikely to be flooded.

24 May 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama provided Cabinet with a status report on the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts for Tropical Cyclone (TC) Tomas.

The Prime Minister said that the total damage cost incurred by Tomas is estimated at $83.4 million.

The Prime Minister said that the agriculture sector was the most severely affected with damages estimated at $52,255,695, followed by infrastructure at $14,150,787 which include residence, education and health facilities.

He said that assistance has been received from development partners, local …

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary: The Pacific region experienced both large and small disasters in 2009. In the first two months of the year, Pacific Red Cross national societies responded to flooding in Fiji caused by a tropical depression; flooding caused by sea swells in Papua New Guinea and Kiribati; and devastating bushfires in Australia. Later in the year, teams were mobilized to provide immediate relief and ongoing psychological support to survivors of the sinking of the Princess Ashika Ferry in Tonga.

21 Jan 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

Ministry of Information

The Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will conduct a training for trainers for Gender, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change at Tanoa Plaza today.

The training is targeted at Government ministries working in the areas of disaster risk management, vulnerable communities, and community outreach officers affiliated to these departments.

The objective of the training is to familiarise Government officials and field staff with key concepts associated with gender, …

19 Jan 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

Government has allocated $6 million from its 2010 Budget towards flood protection works in a bid to reduce flood damage to agricultural crops, buildings, towns and villages.

Major projects that will be implemented through these funds are the third phase dredging of the Nadi River, the maintenance dredging of the Labasa and Wailevu Rivers in Vanua Levu and the Rewa River in the Central Division, rehabilitation of the Mulomulo Dam and construction of a new dam in the Nadi Watershed, and repair of the river bank protection works at Nawaqarua Village in Ba.

Ministry of Primary Industries …

04 Jan 2010 description

Natural disasters are not one-off events so require a more integrated, long-term response, writes Robert Tickner.

THE past five years have been bracketed by the most devastating natural disasters in the region's history: the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which claimed the lives of 226,000 people across 14 countries and the unprecedented triple punch of an earthquake, tsunami and typhoon three months ago. These disasters understandably received blanket media coverage, outlining the unfolding catastrophe, the mounting human toll, and then the extensive humanitarian relief effort.

16 Dec 2009 description

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Article 2(f) and Article 15(2) thereof;

Whereas:

(1) The Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, particularly exposed to natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tidal surges, landslides, flash floods, droughts, forest fires, volcano eruptions, as well as epidemics;

(2) Local communities are particularly vulnerable …

01 Dec 2009 description
report Government of Fiji

Ministry of Information

NFA is grateful to Matusaka Fire Department from Japan and the support from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for providing training to NFA fire fighters.

National Fire Authority in collaboration with Matsusaka Fire Department from Japan completed a flood and swift water rescue training program at NFA station in Labasa on November 25, 2009.

The three weeks training program was conducted by flood and swift water rescue experts from Japan - Fire Lieutenant Mr Yoshifumi Morita and Fire Lieutenant

Mr Shuichi Kaya from Matsusaka fire …

28 Nov 2009 description

Port of Spain Climate Change Consensus

The Challenge of Our Time

1. Climate change is the predominant global challenge. We convened a Special Session on Climate Change in Port of Spain to discuss our profound concern about the undisputed threat that climate change poses to the security, prosperity, economic and social development of our people. For many it is deepening poverty and affecting the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. For some of us, it is an existential threat.

2.

28 Nov 2009 description
report UN News Service

Holding out for a 'perfect' deal at next month's climate change summit in Copenhagen could result in there being no agreement at all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling on all States to get behind a deal that is as ambitious as possible but also has broad international support.

In an address to the Commonwealth summit meeting with small island developing States, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Mr.

25 Nov 2009 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new approach to improve its development efforts in the Pacific.

The Pacific Approach 2010 - 2014 sets out the overarching framework for ADB's operations in its 14 Pacific developing member countries (Pacific DMCs), and represents a shift in emphasis by paying attention not only on the type of development assistance ADB provides, but also on how best such assistance is delivered on the ground.

03 Nov 2009 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

03 Nov 2009 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

03 Nov 2009 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters across the region are daunting.