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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

1 . CONTEXT

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UN inspects post-disaster recovery in Fiji and Samoa

Updated 25 October 2012, 12:35 AEST

How fast can a community rebuild from a disaster? Six months have passed since Fiji was devastated by floods, and three years since Samoa was hit by a tsunami.

Listen: UN inspects post-disaster recovery in Fiji and Samoa (Credit: ABC)

This week, UN experts are visiting both countries to assess building efforts.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Climate Change Hits Pacific Islands

By Catherine Wilson

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct 1 2012 (IPS) - Climate activist Wanita Limpus, from the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific Ocean, says the outcome of the Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in June was a serious letdown for small, developing island states.

Half of the 10 million people of the Pacific islands reside within 1.5 km of the coastline, and Limpus stressed that climate change and rising sea levels were not a prediction but a reality threatening human security now.

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Pacific region (MAA55001) Mid-Year Report 2012

MAA55001

31 August 2012

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

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Caritas Update 59 (Spring 2012)

Report
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Reports of peace from Afghanistan

Caritas staff Tara D’Sousa and Nick Borthwick recently visited Bamyan province in Afghanistan, where Caritas supports an education and rural development programme. Despite recent violence in northeast Bamyan, Tara and Nick say their biggest impression of the areas they visited (Shaidan Valley and Yakawlang) was one of peacefulness and harmony. ‘People are just going about their daily lives and making the most of their opportunities,’ says Nick.

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A project to help people recovering from floods in Fiji

A project has started to help people complete their recovery from the floods that hit Fiji's Western districts in March.

A project to help people recovering from floods in Fiji (Credit: ABC)

It will provide a temporary source of cash income in exchange for work.

The people eligible for the support were identified in a survey by UN Women and it will be run by the UNDP.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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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

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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PM’s flood appeal account receives a boost of $70,000

The Prime Minister’s flood appeal account this morning received a boost of more than $70,000.

Presenting a cheque of $18,000 to PM Bainimarama was the Chief Executive Officer for Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Carpenters Fiji Limited Director Retail and Marketing, Kunaseelam Sabratnam.

The $18,000 was part of a joint flood appeal by FBC and Carpenters Fiji Limited.

The second donation received by the Prime Minister this morning was from the Westpac Banking Corporation who donated $50,000.

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Mission commends flood relief fundraiser

Fiji’s High Commission in Australia has linked up with the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in an effort to raise funds for Fiji’s Flood Relief Appeal.

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India donates to flood appeal

Fiji and India share special ties and it remains strong after the Indian Government today donated over FJD $360,425 for the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commended the Indian Government for the substantial donation, which he said the people of Fiji and especially those affected by the floods are grateful for.

“We are grateful for the considerable donation and it is very kind indeed for the Indian Government to assist those affected by the floods,” the head of Government told the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Vinod Kumar.

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Secretariat staff donate to flood appeal

Assistance for those affected by the floods that struck much of the Western Division and parts of the Central Division continues to grow support.

Today the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) handed over a cheque of $4,000 towards the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund to the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The Attorney General said that while a large number of people were affected by the floods, rehabilitation works is still continuing in most of these parts.

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FRU collects $15,000 for PM's Flood Relief Fund

Fiji may have lost the rugby Test match with Scotland, but there was much to be gained from the visit by the Scots when $15,000 was raised to help flood victims of the Western Division.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night participated in an auction hosted by the Fiji Rugby Union to raise funds for the Prime Minister's Flood Relief Fund.

The function was attended by both the Scottish team and the Flying Fijians.

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Hard Rock Cafe donates for Fiji flood victims

Hard Rock Café President, Mr Ken Shimizu and the Managing Director, Mr. Masaharu Oka on Thursday, 7 May 2012 donated ¥1,000,000 to the Fiji Embassy in Tokyo towards Fiji flood victims.

The company was encouraged to assist in recognition and appreciation of Fiji’s assistance to students from the Tohuku region who were badly affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami.

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Lands Ministry donates to PM's relief account

Staff of the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources donated a cheque of $1931 to the Prime Minister’s flood appeal account this morning.

Ministry of Lands acting permanent secretary Tevita Boseiwaqa said tthe donation by the staff was in addition to the assistance they rendered to the Commissioner Western’s office during the floods.

“Today’s donation is also part of our social obligation and support to the Prime Minister’s flood appeal,” Mr Boseiwaqa said.

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NJV donates to PM's flood appeal account

The Prime Minister’s flood appeal today received a boost of $10,000 from Namosi Joint Venture.

Presenting a cheque to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was the NJV Country Manager, Greg Morris.

Prime Minister Bainimarama, on behalf of Government, thanked Mr Morris and said that the kind gesture and donation today by NJV would go a long way in assisting those affected in the recent floods.

Mr Morris also added that NJV was glad to be of assistance to the flood victims.

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Methodist Church donates over 500 cartons of relief items

The Methodist Church from all over Fiji donated about 500 cartons of relief items; mostly clothing, beddings and mats to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) on Monday.

Ministry of Provincial Development and NDMO’s emergency planning and coordinating officer, Samuela Kanainaliwa, while receiving the relief items, said Government was thankful and grateful for the assistance by the church.

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Nabua Secondary donates flood relief items

Students and teachers of Nabua Secondary School donated $500 worth of groceries and clothing to the Ministry of Provincial Development today.

Chairperson for the Social Committee of the school Ms Livi Soroaqali said the donation of $550 was given by the students and teachers.

“Teachers gave $10 each and we also collected clothing for the flood victims,” Ms Soroaqali said. “We bought groceries and other things from the money collected.”