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 from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:
Clearance has finally been given for a school destroyed by the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa to be rebuilt.
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Ceremonies are scheduled this weekend to mark the 5th anniversary of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami which killed 34 children, women and men in American Samoa.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
This week, UN experts are visiting both countries to assess building efforts.
Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
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.
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.
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
In Sydney: Laura Keenan, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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
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