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Solomons' tsunami-displaced still in temporary housing almost year on

Many of the people affected by a tsunami in Solomon Islands' Temotu province last February are still living in temporary shelter.

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Solomon Islands Tsunami 2013

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On February 6, 2013, an 8.0-magnitude undersea earthquake struck the Solomon Islands and generated a destructive tsunami that hit Santa Cruz Island, Malo Island and Lord Howe (Nibvanga Noi) Island. These islands are part of an isolated chain in Temotu Province in the country’s south-east.

About 1000 households across 25 communities in West Santa Cruz Island were affected, many of them losing everything, and there were 11 deaths, mostly children and the elderly.

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ShelterBox helps schools recover in Solomon Islands

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ShelterBox tents have been used to assist schools in the Solomon Islands in their recovery programmes in partnership with World Vision (WV), following the 8.0-magnitude earthquake that shook the island of Santa Cruz last February.

The tremor caused three waves of approximately 1.5 metres in height, which came inland flooding many coastal villages in Temotu province. The tsunami caused substantial damage to houses, community buildings, agriculture, schools, water supplies and power lines.

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Pacific environment leader warns: ‘We will be the first to go under’

By Andy McElroy

GENEVA, 16 July 2013 - The head of a major Pacific regional organization said the region’s acute vulnerability left it no alternative but to lead the world in integrating risk reduction and climate change action into one over-arching strategy to secure a sustainable future.

The Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Dr David Sheppard, said the Pacific would rise to the challenge but they needed the world to join efforts too.

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Solomons tsunami refugees forced back to seashore

Posted at 03:29 on 21 May, 2013 UTC

Residents of Santa Cruz island in the Solomon Islands province hit by earthquakes and a tsunami in February have been forced to return to their flattened coastal settlement.

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Solomons victims still struggling after tsunami

Officials in Solomon Islands say tsunami victims are still in need of food, water and adequate shelter, more than a month after the disaster struck.

Officials in Solomon Islands say tsunami victims are still in need of food, water and adequate shelter, more than a month after the disaster struck.

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit the Santa Cruz area on February 6, triggering a tsunami that killed nine people.

Hundreds of houses were destroyed and about 3,500 people left homeless.

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Aid Worker Diary: Solomon Islands Earthquake and Tsunami

On 6 February 2013, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake set off a small but powerful tsunami that sent 1.5-metre waves roaring inland on Santa Cruz Island, a remote area in the Solomon Islands archipelago of the Pacific. Nearly 40 per cent of the houses on the island were either damaged or destroyed and an estimated 60 per cent of the population was affected. OCHA’s Rashmi Rita travelled from Fiji to the Solomon Islands to support the emergency response on one of the first flights that was able to land.

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 Lilo donates half million dollars to Tsunami telethon

Posted Sun, 2013-03-24 17:31 by George Herming

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has donated $500,000 on behalf of the National Coalition for Rural Advancement Government towards the Temotu Tsunami telethon fundraising effort co-hosted by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation and the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

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Sanitation still a concern in tsunami-hit Solomons

Thirty days after a remote region of Solomon Islands was hit by an earthquake and tsunami, permanent housing and sanitation still pose a challenge.

The National Disaster Management Office in Honiara says over USD $25 million have been raised by government, international donors and local communities.

The magnitude 8.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck on February 6 claimed 10 lives and displaced over 4500 people.

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Humanitarian Action Plan for the Santa Cruz Earthquake and Tsunami Response 2013

This Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) was developed by the Government of Solomon Islands and its humanitarian and development partners, following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province in the Solomon Islands on 6 February 2013. It has a 4 months’ timeframe and aims to facilitate coordination of the humanitarian response and early recovery by documenting the response plan and identifying gaps and requirements.

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Solomon Islands: Earthquake and Tsunami Situation Report No. 7 (as of 12 March 2013)

The plan was drafted by the Solomon Islands Government and humanitarian partners and was presented to donors on 7 March. SB$24 million of funding requirements remain unmet. A further SB$30.8 million has been identified for reconstruction activities. While emergency shelter and WASH needs are being met, the costly medium and longer term reconstruction of homes and rehabilitation of water systems will require additional funding.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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MHMS opens up clinic at a tsunami affected area

by George Herming

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services in collaboration with the Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) has opened up a satellite maternal clinic and a Care Centre for children and parents at Venga Village in Santa Cruz.

Permanent Secretary for the MHMS Dr Lester Ross said the clinic is set up to help people; provide medical attention and health education awareness to the people and communities that were affected by the recent Tsunami in Santa Cruz, Temotu Province.

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Australia announces further support after Solomon Islands tsunami

Australia is helping Solomon Islands to recover and rebuild after a magnitude 8 earthquake and tsunami hit the remote Santa Cruz Islands on 6 February 2013.

Australia will deliver an additional $700,000 in funding to Solomon Islands this week following an initial contribution of $300,000. This brings Australia’s total support in response to the disaster to $1 million.

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Supporting Earthquake and Tsunami Relief in the Solomon Islands

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM) to provide emergency assistance following an earthquake and tsunami that struck the Solomon Islands on February 6. The office of the Diocese of Temotu is on Santa Cruz Island, one of the easternmost of the Solomon Islands and among those hardest hit. Widespread flooding and destruction of homes left an estimated 4,000 people in need of food, shelter, clothing and clean water.

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Bad weather delays Solomons quake relief

Disaster officials in Solomon Islands say heavy rain has delayed aid efforts for villages affect by the earthquake and tsunami which hit nearly a month ago.

A village wiped out by devastating tsunami in Solomon Islands (Credit: ABC licensed) Disaster officials in Solomon Islands say heavy rain has delayed aid efforts for villages affect by the earthquake and tsunami which hit nearly a month ago.

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Solomon Islands: Earthquake and Tsunami - Information Bulletin n° 3

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On 6 February, there was an 8.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province in the Solomon Islands, followed by 90 strong aftershocks for 2 weeks. Tsunami waves (1 – 3.5 meters) were experienced in Santa Cruz, Temotu Province which flattened many traditional houses.

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Asia-Pacific region 19 - 26 February, 2013 - Natural disasters and other events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific

Tropical Depression Crising passed just below the southern Philippines, causing landslides and flash flooding. Heavy rain also caused flash flooding and landslides across Western Indonesia. 10 people were killed and over 5,000 homes destroyed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World Vision delivers aid to remote tsunami affected communities in the Solomons

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World Vision is delivering relief supplies to thousands of people affected by the 8.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated communities in the remote Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands on 6 February 2013.