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New Loma Nursing Station rises above the flood plain in Sigatoka

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.

In response to Fiji's call for assistance following the floods, Australia committed $1 million (F$1.7 million) towards emergency flood relief, and $1.8 million (F$3.4 million) for recovery and reconstruction.

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Floods in Fiji prompt health warning

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

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Fiji Red Cross Hopes to Eliminate the Threat of Contaminated Drinking Water

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

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Fiji: Families rejoice after Water Project Commissioning

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

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Annual Report 2009

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.

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Fiji: New nursing station to be built at Loma

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. It will also be located in an area that will make it easier for mothers and children to access health services.

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Fiji: Cabinet provided with status report on relief, rehab. and recons. efforts for TC Tomas

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

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Pacific: Sub-Zonal Plan 2009-2010 (MAA55001) Annual report

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

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Fiji: Gender, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Training set to begin

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

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Fiji: Government allocates $6m for flood protection

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.

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Adapting to disasters is our only choice

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

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Fiji + 3 others
Commission decision of on the financing of disaster preparedness actions in the Pacific from the general budget of the European Union (ECHO/DIP/BUD/2009/07000)

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

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Fiji: NFA ready for cyclone season

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

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Fiji + 8 others
Ban calls on States to ensure climate change deal has broad support

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. Ban told participants that given their countries were on the frontline of the impact of climate change, it was vital that their

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The Commonwealth Climate Change Declaration

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. We reaffirm our commitment to the

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ADB launches new approach to improve development effectiveness in the Pacific

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. It focuses on promoting consensus and ownership of initiatives by governments, civil society organizations and local communities.

Asian Development Bank:

© Asian Development Bank

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Fiji: Success story - The Asia Foundation trains responders in the Pacific

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Since 1995, USAID/OFDA has supported The Asia Foundation disaster management trainings to improve regional and national capacity to mitigate and respond to disasters in the Pacific. The strength and credibility of the trainings are well known in the region, and several stakeholders have adopted elements of the trainings into standard operations to better prepare for and respond to disasters. The Foundation's

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Success story: The Asia Foundation mitigates disasters in the Pacific

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

The clear blue waters, lush greenery, and sunny skies provide a tranquil setting for daily life on the Pacific Islands. However, the calm can also prove deceiving-the Pacific Islands are prone to numerous natural disasters, including cyclones, tsunamis, droughts, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Exacerbating the effects of natural disasters in the region, local communities have gradually

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Success story: The Asia Foundation builds capacity in the Pacific

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

The Pacific Islands each have a unique culture but share a commonality-geography. The Pacific Islands geography results in the islands being among the most disaster prone regions in the world. To mitigate the effects of disasters throughout the region, USAID/OFDA has supported The Asia Foundation disaster management trainings since 1995. The trainings have addressed the challenge of changing standard operations

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Asia Pacific Zone: Plan 2010 - 2011(MAA50001)

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. Set along numerous fault lines, many countries in the region are often hit by major earthquakes