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Rebuilding Tsunami-Affected Homes in Remote Islands of Tonga

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World Bank

Following a devastating tsunami in 2009 in Tonga’s outermost island group, the Niuas, the World Bank worked with the community to rebuild homes, as well as critical rural roads. Now living in disaster-proofed houses and safer locations away from the coast, communities feel more secure as they recover from the impact of the disaster.

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Rebuilding Tonga to Help Make People Safer from Disasters

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

In September 2009, a tsunami struck the shores of Niuatoputapu Island in Tonga, destroying the community’s homes and livelihoods.

The World Bank is working with the Tongan Government and partners to help communities rebuild and making them safer from future disasters.

People now feel more secure after relocating to safer areas and living in disaster-proofed houses.

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Tsunami in Samoa – 3 Years On

In the early hours of Tuesday, 29 September 2009, as the people of Samoa went about the start of a new day, the serenity of that tropical island was violently shattered by an earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale. In a matter of minutes, successive tsunami waves of up to 15 meters in height rushed ashore causing widespread destruction.

Read the full story.

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Fiji + 1 other
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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Tongan Prime Minister gives 39 new houses to people of Niuatoputapu

5 September 2012 The Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano and Minister for Revenue Services and Member of Parliament for the Niua constituency, Hon. Sosefo Fe‘aomoeata Vakata today handed over 39 houses to the people of Niuatoputapu in Tonga whose homes were destroyed by the 2009 tsunami.

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The 2009 Samoan tsunami: Impressive reconstruction efforts, but Samoa’s scars still run deep

By Rob Tranter, First Assistant Director General, Pacific Division, AusAID

Two and a half years ago in September 2009, the Tavana family from Saleaumua village in Samoa saw their entire life swept away by one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the small Pacific nation.

I remember being at the Crisis Centre in Canberra as news of an earthquake that had just struck off the coast of Samoa came flooding in. The 8.3 magnitude quake triggered a huge tsunami that ripped through the southern Samoan island of Upolu.

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Habitat for Humanity's disaster housing response for Pacific

The non-government organisation Habitat for Humanity has begun a project which it hopes will see it become the lead aid agency when providing emergency shelter and housing in the Pacific region.

In 2009, after the Samoa Tsunami wiped out villages along the country's South coast, Habitat's volunteers were amongst those helping with the rebuilding effort.

Now it wants to use that on-the-job experience to provide quick shelter for those who might be affected by future disasters.

Presenter: Pacific Correspondent, Campbell Cooney

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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World Bank Regional Vice President Emphasizes Need for Disaster Risk Management on First visit to Pacific

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World Bank

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In Sydney: Laura Keenan, lkeenan@worldbank.org, +61 2 9235 6547

Samoa, March 23, 2012 - During her first visit to the Pacific as World Bank Regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, Pamela Cox met today with people affected by the 2009 tsunami in Samoa, and emphasized the need for Pacific Island countries to act today to prepare for tomorrow in managing risks from natural disasters and external economic shocks.

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Samoa after the disaster: The wave of fire and the kid called Tsunami

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World Bank

In June 2009 Samoa was the set for the popular TV program Survivor. It was a fantastic choice. It is one of those picture-perfect places–shady palms, trees dripping with fruit, blossoming hibiscus, all framed by powder sand beaches. It is a vastly understated paradise.

A few months later, the country was once again centre stage. This time for something utterly distressing and heart-breaking as the country embarked on the harrowing search for real life survivors after they were struck by a powerful tsunami on 29 September 2009.

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World + 19 others
World Bank East Asia and Pacific Economic Update 2011, Volume 2: Navigating Turbulence, Sustaining Growth

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World Bank

Strong growth in developing East Asia faces risks from global uncertainty and natural disasters

Press Release No:2012/160/EAP

Singapore, November 22, 2011 — Growth is still strong in developing East Asia, but continues to moderate mainly due to weakening external demand, underscoring the need for governments to refocus on reforms to increase domestic demand and productivity, says the World Bank in its latest East Asia and Pacific Economic Update released today.

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Caritas Update 58 (Summer 2011/2012)

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Caritas

(Extract)

EMERGENCY UPDATE - Needs Still Gr eat in Pakistan and Horn o f Africa

Recent months have seen large-scale flooding in Asia, Latin America, and a massive earthquake in Turkey. Thank you to donors who have responded to the needs displayed on our media – the spread of the Caritas network means we can direct such funds to places you specify. Our appeals are still open for the huge need that continues to exist for Pakistan and the Horn of Africa.

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World + 7 others
Pacific Rim countries test their tsunami preparedness

On 9 - 10 November, some 30 Pacific Rim countries will take part in a tsunami warning exercise, PacWave11, organized under the aegis of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The test is destined to help governmental authorities in the countries involved prepare for major tsunami events.

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Earthquake and tsunami - Emergency appeal no. MDRWS001 - Final Report

Period covered by this final report: October 2009 to May 2011

Appeal budget: CHF 2,506,427

Final appeal coverage: 101.1 per cent. Please refer to financial situation for more details.

Appeal history

• On 30 September 2009, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) allocated CHF 325,134 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Samoa Red Cross Society’s operation.

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Samoa marks second tsunami anniversary

Samoa's churches will be overflowing today for solemn services marking the second anniversary of a tsunami that devastated the nation.

The disaster left a trail of terrible stories of lost friends and family members and homes left in ruins.

Presenter: Emma Younger

Speaker: Lani Wendt Young, author of Pacific Tsunami; Mika, tsunami survivor

Listen: Windows Media

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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World + 3 others
Protecting the Human Rights of Internal Displaced Persons in Natural Disasters: Challenges in the Pacific

  1. Introduction

Pacific island communities are exposed to a wide range of natural disasters, including cyclones, floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, as well as to the adverse effects of climate change such as coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion into farmland and fresh water sources.

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Earthquake and tsunami Emergency appeal n°MDRWS001 Interim Final Report

Period covered by this final report: October 2009 to May 2011

Appeal budget: CHF 2,506,429

Final appeal coverage: 101.5 per cent

Appeal history

• On 30 September 2009, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) allocated CHF 325,134 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Samoa Red Cross Society’s operation.

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Unprecedented disasters are threatening economic recovery and need regional response, ESCAP tells Asia-Pacific countries

Date: 29 June 2011
Press Release No: G/25/2011

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – An increase in extreme weather events and unprecedented natural calamities have set back Asia-Pacific economic recovery and development gains and require a joint regional response, the United Nations told a meeting of 31 countries here today.