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02 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

Driving from the airport into the city of Apia, the capital of Samoa, is a great introduction to the country. Villages line the road with gardens filled with colorful flowers and palm trees. Hugging the northwest coastline, the road sometimes comes as close as five meters from the shoreline, giving passengers truly spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

08 Sep 2016 description

But Sitiseni and her family now live in a cyclone-resistant house which has been specifically designed and engineered to withstand cyclonic winds, earthquakes and periodic surface flooding. It has also been built along the lines of the traditional Samoan Faleo’o concept, with construction based around a series of sturdy posts and poles well-suited to withstanding Pacific climate hazards.

21 Jul 2016 description

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.

20 Dec 2015 description

Looking over the farm, which she recently cleared after harvests of eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, corns, and other vegetables several times this year, Faimun Nisha reflected how she and her group members have gone through some challenging moments and braved the sun and rain to get to where they are now.

09 Sep 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

NADI, Fiji, 9 September 2015 – When floods closed Fiji’s main international airport for the only time in its history, economic shockwaves rippled through the tourism-dependent country.

Nadi airport, built in the 1940s, is Fiji’s gateway to the world and when Cyclone Evan forced it to suspend flights in 2012 the tourism industry as well as many other sectors took a big knock.

05 Aug 2015 description

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

Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:

13 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS

• Based on the damage impact assessment findings, the government prepared a robust recovery and reconstruction framework that was endorsed by the cabinet in March 2013.

• The damage assessment helped to leverage $40 million in World Bank financing that was used to support projects on road reconstruction, and recovery for farmers, among others.

03 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

In 2012 Tropical Cyclone (TC) Evan offered a distressing reminder of Samoa’s exposure to natural hazards. TC Evan came only three years after the earthquake and tsunami of 2009, which affected 2.5 percent of the country’s population, causing 143 fatalities and associated economic losses equivalent to 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

03 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

This note aims to build understanding of the existing disaster risk financing and insurance (DRFI) tools in use in Fiji and to identify gaps where potential engagement could further develop financial resilience. In addition the note aims to encourage peer exchange of regional knowledge, specifically by encouraging dialogue on past experiences, lessons learned, optimal use of these financial tools, and the effect they may have on the execution of post-disaster funds.

30 Dec 2014 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The 7 th PHT Regional Meeting was held at the Holiday Inn Suva in Fiji from 28 to 30 October 2014. The meeting has been held annually since 2008 to strengthen preparedness and response activities in support of disaster management authorities and affected people in the Pacific. This report aims to capture key points and actions arising from discussions and consultations during the meeting.

12 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samoa is still recovering from Cyclone Evan, which hit the country in December 2012.

  • In addition to short-term relief, the World Bank is investing in electronic vouchers with mobile phone technology that will deliver long-term recovery benefits.

  • The e-vouchers will be used by nearly 7,400 farmers and fishermen to help boost income and agriculture production.

31 Oct 2014 description

Reconstruction effort helps those hit by cyclone

SITISENI AFUA FUGA AND HER RESILIENT FAMILY

14 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Fiji

More than 1,200 new homes have been built by Government in the Western Division in the past 16 months as part of the Tropical Cyclone Evans rehabilitation programme benefiting more than 3000 Fijians who lost their homes from the natural disaster.

The rehabilitation programme leaves close to 300 homes to be completed before the end of this year.

Acting Commissioner Western, Luke Moroivalu said the completion of more than a thousand homes is testament of Government’s development objectives to ensure that all Fijians are empowered to contribute positively.

19 Sep 2014 description

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.

  • Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.

10 Aug 2014 description

This document is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries. In the wake of two major flood events and a cyclone occurring between January and December 2012, we conducted a state-of-the-science assessment of disaster risk reduction for flooding in the Ba and Penang River catchments in Viti Levu, Fiji to identify the most cost-effective management options for communities and households.

16 Jul 2014 description

Building Back Better

  • 64 other cyclone-Evan affected households are now eligible for a cyclone proof dwelling with enhanced resilience.

  • The shelter has been designed and engineered to withstand cyclonic winds, earthquakes and periodic surface flooding. The shelters are based on the concept of traditional Samoan Faleo’o Tropical cyclone

  • Evan struck Samoa on December 13, 2012 with a total estimated cost of damages and losses of $210.6 million USD which was significant for the small size of the Samoan economy.