Fiji: Floods - Jan 2012
Fijian PM has launched a flood relief appeal to assist families affected by the flooding on the Western side of Viti Levu. 74 evacuation centers are open housing 3,463 displaced people. (Gov. of Fiji, 25 Jan 2012)
The village of Tukuraki in Yakete, Ba is based precariously under a steep mountain which means its risk of being hit by natural disasters is a reality for its community. In January 2012, a landslide plunged through the community killing a family of four and burying more than 50 percent of the village area after a week of heavy rain in the western division triggered the slip. The landslide also wiped out the village access road, fresh water resources, and homes.
This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.
Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:
Because the risk of violence against women and girls increases in the aftermath of a disaster, UN Women is supporting training for first responders and disaster-risk-reduction planners in Fiji to prevent, recognize and address violence in emergencies across the Pacific.
Date : 20 November 2014
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.
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.
MATTERS OF FACT
· First time that Cash-for-Work (CFW) implemented in Fiji.
· 1,209 Recipients of Cash-for-Work progarmme (74% women).
· 20-Day work generated for 343 individuals in Rakiraki and 10-Day work generated for 865 individuals in Nadi.
· 168 participants (68% Women) received Agriculture training and 177 participants (84% Women) received financial literacy training.
· 14 communities out of 29 communities established a small-scale community oriented farming ventures after the programme.
The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWO/ BUD/2013/01000
1 . CONTEXT
31 August 2012
This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.