Heavy rainfall since the begin of the cyclone season in November 2012 has resulted in floods and landslides affecting homes, food gardens, water sources and infrastructure in several provinces of Papua New Guinea. Estimates from a range of sources indicate that up to 35,000 people might be affected. (IFRC, 8 Feb 2013)
PORT MORESBY, 18 July 2013 (IRIN) - The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has bolstered its funding for disaster preparedness, strengthening the country's National Disaster Management Centre (NDC) to better respond to crises.
"This is a positive development and one we hope will continue," Ruger Kahwa, head of office for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which works closely with the NDC, told IRIN.
Bangladesh - Tropical Storm Mahasen struck southern districts on 16 May. The Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) is ongoing and preliminary findings are due to be presented tomorrow (21 May). 17 people have reportedly lost their lives, JNA results will provide a better understand of the impact of the cyclone on shelter and livelihoods.
Source: PDC, OCHA Flash Update No. 7
Marshall Islands - The Government has issued an elevated state of disaster due to the severe drought in northern parts of the country, affecting between 3,200 and 5,000 people. Assessments are ongoing and an UNDAC team has arrived in country. WASH is the priority as there is a priority need for safe drinking water.
Updated 7 May 2013, 13:04 AEST
The international aid agency Oxfam says the flooding situation in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik province has now reached crisis point.
Seven people have been confirmed dead and about 11,500 people have been affected by flooding along the Sepik River.
Phillippe Allen, Oxfam Australia's associate country director for PNG, says although flooding is a regular occurrence, water levels have risen excessively in this wet season.
1. DPR Korea - Crisis Watch classifies the situation in DPR Korea as "deteriorating" in response to recent decisions by the authorities there to cut off communications with the Rep of Korea; an order to ensure its rockets are combat-ready and targeting US bases in the region, and its declaration that it was in a "state of war" with the Rep of Korea.
Food supplies are dwindling for more than 5000 villagers in Central Bougainville as a result of continuous heavy rain.
Food gardens in the coastal village of Rorovana have been washed away and an appeal has gone out for emergency government assistance.
Regional disaster coordinator, Franklin Lacui, told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat a long term plan to help the villagers relocate has been put into action, but decisions are yet to be made on the immediate issue of food aid.
Solomon Islands - An magnitude 8 earthquake struck, triggering a tsunami affecting the Santa Cruz islands (Temotu Province). Initial reports say 700 HHs are affected, 3.500 people are displaced and 9 people killed. A state of emergency has been declared and the GoSL is leading the response with support from Int'l NGOs and the Red Cross.
Heavy rainfall since November 2012 has resulted in floods and landslides affecting homes, properties, vegetation, gardens, water sources and infrastructure. Thousands of people are affected in several provinces. The PNGRCS has undertaken initial assessments and are distributing relief goods.
Posted at 07:53 on 04 February, 2013 UTC
The United States Agency for International Development is giving the Papua New Guinea Red Cross 50,000 US dollars to support disaster relief efforts in Morobe and Oro provinces.
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Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre says it lacks both the staff and logistical capacity to respond quickly to natural disasters throughout the country.
Tens of thousands of people have been affected by flooding in PNG's Morobe, Oro and parts of the Highlands provinces.
Director Martin Mose told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program it cannot do rapid assessment and response as it lacks the capacity to help those people affected.
"We are well behind time now," he said.
27,000 people in PNG's Oro Province still need food and water after severe flooding, the Red Cross says.
The Red Cross says more than 27,000 flood-affected people in Papua New Guinea's Oro Province remain in desperate need of basic items like food and clean drinking water.
Floods hit the region last November.
The humanitarian agency says widespread flooding cause damage to food gardens, homes and other vital infrastructure.
- Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines in early December. Concerns for acute respiratory infections in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces have declined since mid-December. The risk of floods and landslides due to heavy rains persists in typhoon-affected areas hampering humanitarian activities. The revised Action Plan will be launched in Manila on 25 January. More recently a low pressure area affected areas in Mindanao causing flash floods and a landslide affecting nearly 5,000 people.