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'This bridge has been destroyed six times so now we build it higher and stronger'

By Andy McElroy

GENEVA, 19 July 2013 - The leader of Fiji’s disaster-hit Western Division has pledged to forge an integrated cross-sectoral strategy to achieve a safer and more resilient future.

Western Division Commissioner Mr Joeli Cawaki and his team of technical experts told the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Ms Margareta Wahlström, that integrated planning and action was vital after being hit by two serious floods and a major cyclone in 2012.

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Disaster preparedness campaign launched

A ‘Get Ready Disasters Happen’ campaign has been jointly launched by the Ministry for Health, Ministry for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and UNICEF to inform and encourage people for disaster preparedness.

The Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management permanent secretary, Filipe Alifereti said the objective of the Get Ready Disasters Happen campaign is to promote key messages in order to strengthen communication with families and at the community level in support of disaster preparedness and response.

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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) DIPECHO Pacific (ECHO/DIP/BUD/2013/91000)

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWO/ BUD/2013/01000


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Pacific region (MAA55001) Mid-Year Report 2012


31 August 2012

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2012.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Pacific Issue 01 Quarter 2, 2012

In this issue

Protection Cluster Focus P.1

Vanuatu Humanitarian Team P.1

Transformative Agenda P.2

Fiji Floods – Lessons Learned P.3

Climate and Emergency Update P.5

Protection Cluster Focus: increased awareness

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Church donates to flood relief efforts

People affected from the January and March floods in the western division can expect to continue receiving supplies thanks to the generosity of the many organisations who have contributed for those affected.

This was the comment by the Ministry of Provincial Development and Disaster Management permanent secretary, Mr Inia Seruiratu, as he received donated food items from the Latter Day Saints church in Suva today.

The $55,000 worth of food items includes bottled water, rice, sugar, tin fish and biscuits among others.

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Leptospirosis outbreak made worse by Fiji floods

At least seven people have died from leptospirosis in Fiji, since the floods in January.

Health officals say a further 279 people have contracted the disease, with a vast majority of these belonging to the Western Division.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Dr Mike Kama, national advisor for Communicable Diseases, Fiji

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Standing ready when disaster strikes

Australia is working with the Fiji National Disaster Management Office, Red Cross, the Fiji Council of Churches and other local humanitarian and development partners to help local communities save lives and bounce back from disasters.

Floods and cyclones are a regular occurrence in Fiji. They take lives, shatter communities, inflict economic losses and erode development gains. Since 2009, Fiji has reported over $100 million (F$200m) in damage as a direct result of natural disasters.

Australia is actively helping Fiji better prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

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Australia helps contain typhoid outbreak in Nanoko

Fiji has one of the highest rates of typhoid in the world. An assessment by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the World Health Organisation in 2006 estimated an annual incidence rate for Fiji's northern division of up to 1,000 cases per 100,000 people per year. There were 408 reported new cases of typhoid fever in Fiji in 2009.

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Australia helps Fiji rebuild after devastating floods

Australia has replenished much needed emergency supplies and restored access to essential services in Fiji after devastating floods which affected more than 319,000 people in low-lying areas of Nadi, Lautoka and Ba on 21 January 2012. On 25 January, the Fiji interim government declared a state of natural disaster for parts of the Western Division.

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Flood fund continues to grow support

The Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Appeal Fund continues to grow support from the local community.

Management from Vinod Patel recently presented $20,000.00 to the Prime Minister to assist in rehabilitation works.

The flood appeal is the response towards those affected from recent flooding in the western division.

The Prime Minister thanked and acknowledged the popular hardware store for their support towards rehabilitating the lives of those affected in the western division.

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Vanuatu donates 5m vatu to PM's flood appeal

The benevolent spirit that unites Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members could not have been better exemplified at a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, His Excellency Sato Kilman, for the Fiji delegation on Monday, March 12, 2012.

The delegation, which was led by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama were taken by surprise when PM Kilman donated a cheque of 5 million vatu (FJ$83,640.00) to the Prime Minister as his Government’s donation towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for those affected by the recent floods.

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ABD grant of US$1 million to the Fijian Government

The Government of Fiji this week acknowledged the work of the Asian Development Bank in supporting Fiji in its efforts to develop the necessary infrastructure and improve the livelihoods of its people.

In signing the Grant Agreement on behalf of Cabinet, the Prime Minister mentioned that the Bank’s presence in the country has supported Government’s efforts towards greater stability and sustainable development.

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More donations for PM’s Relief Fund

More companies and individuals continue to donate towards Prime Minister’s Relief Fund Appeal.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today received another cheque of $10,000 from a major Chinese company currently operating in the country.

Alcatel – Lucent Shanghai Bell Company sales director Mr Yuemin Peng presented the cheque to the Prime Minister.

He said the company though new in Fiji was well aware of its social responsibilities knowing that Fijian people hold the key to their business success.

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PM’s relief fund stands at $1.9million

Donations from various individuals, non-government organisations and business houses locally and internationally continue to pour in for the Prime Minister’s national disaster relief and rehabilitation account.

The Prime Minister’s flood appeal account was established following the January floods that severely affected parts of the Western Division recently.

The total amount of donations collected so far is $1,986,118.51.

Interested parties intending to make donations to the appeal can still make deposits to Bank of the South Pacific account number 4706578.

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Business group donates $10,000

Business houses have contributed enormously to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund and continue to do so.

The Vision Group Limited, the parent company of Courts (Fiji) Limited and who recently acquired Hilton Hotel in Denarau, today donated $10,000 to the fund.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama received the cheque from the Courts chief executive officer Priyaraj Munasinghe together with the other board members of the company.

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Humanitarian help continues

HUMANITARIAN assistance continues to pour in for those affected by the recent floods in the Western Division.

This after the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund received a further $15,000 from a local engineering company and the Ministry of Education this week.

Industrie Safety and Civil Limited managing director Amarjit Singh handed over a cheque of $10,000 to Mr Bainimarama.

“This is a little gesture from us to assist those facing hard time right now,” Mr Singh said.

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Floods Situation Update No. 5

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with partners, including: PHT Cluster Leads (UNICEF, WHO, FAO, UNDP),
NDMO Fiji, Western Division EOC, Ba District EOC. Issued by OCHA Pacific, covering the period from 7-22 February. Unless required, this will be the last OCHA Situation Update regarding the Fiji Floods


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Outbreak of typhoid in Fiji

A public health emergency has been declared for two villages in Fiji - after an outbreak of typhoid in the Western Division.

Under the ban - which will be reassessed after 30 days - mass gatherings and the slaughtering of animals are forbidden.

World Health Organisation communicable diseases leader in Fiji, Dr Jacob Kool, told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat, typhoid is always a problem in Fiji.

"Fiji has one of the highest rates in the world of typhoid fever," he said.

"But we know it always gets worse when there is a natural disaster."

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