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Habitat For Humanity Rebuilds 46 Homes For Cyclone-Hit Families In Fiji

Fiji Government, Donors And Volunteers Help Families To Start Afresh

SUVA, 19th September 2011: Habitat for Humanity Fiji thanked its donors and supporters at a recent ceremony to mark the completion of its rebuilding project for cyclone-affected families.

At the event held in the capital Suva, HFH Fiji also handed over its final report and certificate of completion to donors.

HFH Fiji rebuilt the homes of 46 families who were affected by Cyclone Tomas which struck in March 2010.

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46 families affected by Tropical Cyclone Tomas get new homes

Following extensive damage to homes caused by Tropical Cyclone Tomas on March 14 2010, forty-six families living in the worst affected areas of Vanua Levu now have new homes to live in.

When Tropical Cyclone Tomas crossed Fiji in 2010, it caused significant damage to homes and crops in the Northern and Eastern Divisions, and a State of Natural Disaster was declared on March 16 2010.

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Pacific’s Sub-zonal revised plan 2011 MAA55001

The Pacific region covers a vast geographical area comprising thousands of islands and atolls. The majority of Pacific Island countries contend with the challenges of smallness and geographic isolation. The Pacific Island countries are heavily aid-assisted.

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Helping the Pacific's growing displaced people

Updated May 4, 2011 07:57:59

A conference in Fiji is looking at ways to improve options for people who are displaced by natural disasters and conflicts in the Pacific.

Experts say natural disasters are increasing in the region, but there's little awareness about how to ensure the welfare of people who are left homeless after disaster strikes.

Representatives from the governments of Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands, along with civil society groups, have gathered in Suva for the three day workshop.

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Fiji: Integrated Flood Management - Nadi Basin Pilot

Report
World Bank
Project Objectives [from section 2 of PCN]

The project objective is to pilot an integrated flood management approach in the Nadi basin as a measure to reduce disaster risk that can be replicated in other watersheds in Fiji and other Pacific countries.

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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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Pacific (MAA55001) - Programme Update no. 2

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2010.

Programme summary:

Red Cross National Societies are community-based organizations. Support to improving the functioning of local Red Cross institutions, programmes and the resulting services, which then have an impact on vulnerable people, is at the heart of IFRC regional office's mandate.

The programme is:

- providing support to Red Cross National Societies in Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands (currently in formation), Micronesia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea,

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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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COMMISSION DECISION of on the financing of humanitarian actions in the Pacific from the general budget of the European Union (ECHO/-PA/BUD/2010/01000)

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 Articles 2, 4 and 15(3) thereof;

Whereas:

(1) The Pacific region features among the most disaster prone regions in the world in terms of recurrence, severity and scope of hazards, with high exposure to cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tidal surges, landslides, flash floods, drought, forest fires,

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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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Red Cross and AusAID team up to help vulnerable communities

Australian Red Cross and AusAID have signed an historic Partnership Agreement to pool their expertise, experience and capacity to benefit vulnerable communities across the Asia/Pacific and around the world.

The Agreement, which was signed at the weekend, is the first of its kind between Australian Red Cross and AusAID. It will guide cooperation between the two organisations over the next three years.

"The aim of this agreement is to enhance Australian Red Cross and AusAID's contribution to the provision of humanitarian support worldwide. In a nutshell it's about helping the

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LA DEUXIÈME COMMISSION ADOPTE SEPT PROJETS DE RÉSOLUTION, DONT TROIS LIÉS À L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET À LA PRÉVENTION DES CATASTROPHES NATURELLES

Deuxième Commission

31e séance -matin

LA DEUXIÈME COMMISSION ADOPTE SEPT PROJETS DE RÉSOLUTION, DONT TROIS LIÉS À L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET À LA PRÉVENTION DES CATASTROPHES NATURELLES

Elle recommande par ailleurs à l'Assemblée générale de proroger

le mandat du Forum sur la gouvernance d'Internet pour une nouvelle période de cinq ans

La Commission économique et financière (Deuxième Commission) a adopté ce matin par consensus sept projets de résolution, dont un par lequel elle recommande à l'Assemblée générale de proroger le

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Pacific Cyclone and Precipitation Outlook 2010-2011

*The Pacific region is currently experiencing the weather phenomenon La Niña, which is projected to continue into February - April 2011. La Niña typically affects the distribution of rain and tropical cyclones across the region. Map 1 shows the areas with higher and lower precipitation in Asia and the Pacific during La Niña, in boreal summers (June to August) and boreal winters (December to February).

*Above normal rainfall is expected for

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Pacific region (MAA55001): Revised Plan 2011

Executive summary

The Pacific region covers a vast geographical area comprising thousands of islands and atolls. The majority of Pacific island countries contend with the challenges of smallness and geographic isolation. The Pacific island countries are the most heavily aid-assisted part of the world on a per capita basis. The high rates of migration in the region are primarily a response to real and perceived inequalities in socio-economic opportunities.

A variety of hazards including cyclones, floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides - constitute

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Fiji: $98K UNESCO assistance for TC Tomas affected schools

The Director General for UNESCO has approved US$50,000 (FJ$98,067) for the rehabilitation of schools severely affected by Tropical Cyclone Tomas in the Northern and Eastern parts of Fiji.

This donation falls under UNESCO's Emergency Assistance, where a country whose fields in education, science, culture and communication are affected by insurmountable circumstances, such as earthquakes, storms, cyclones, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, landslides, volcanic eruptions, fires, droughts, floods or wars.

Like all capital projects, funds will

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Caribbean disaster insurance scheme inspires South Pacific countries

Report
AlertNet
Written by: Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (AlertNet) - South Pacific nations threatened with rising sea levels linked to climate change are looking to adopt a regional disaster insurance plan based on a lauded Caribbean scheme which aims to soften the economic impact of natural catastrophes.

The World Bank launched the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the first multi-country insurance scheme of its kind, in 2007, after Hurricane Ivan inflicted billions of dollars in losses on the region in 2004.

The scheme promises member governments

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Asia Pacific Appeal No. MAA50001- Mid-Year Report

This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 30/06/2010.

In brief

This programme update focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in the first six months of 2010 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. Many societies across the zone have maintained a high level of programming in several new disaster response operations and continued comprehensive post-disaster recovery activities, while others have started

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Pacific Region: Appeal No. MAA55001 Mid-Year Report

This report covers the period 01/01/10 to 30/06/10.

In brief

Programme summary:

Cross sectoral initiatives during this period include:

- A dialogue with the Pacific Island Forum on potential cooperation initiatives.

- Delivery of the regional Community Resilience Forum, aimed at improving understanding of members in integrated approaches to working with communities.

- A monthly regional newsletter contributed to sharing best practice and improved coordination between Pacific members and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners.

- A monthly roster of travel by all

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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