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Solomons tsunami victims still in shelters

19 months on from the tsunami that hit Temotu province in Solomon Islands, victims are still living in temporary shelters and awaiting funds to help rebuild their permanent homes.

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Temotu, a year and a half after the tsunami

Many Temotu communities affected by the February 2013 tsunami are on their way back to normalcy, thanks to the resilience of communities and some assistance from various organisations.

Restored food gardens, temporary shelters, and some new livelihood opportunities are among the signs of recovery, one year and a half on from the disaster.

"It’s the local people here who take the initiative to make these programs work at a village level,” said Temotu Premier Fr. Charles Brown Beu.

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Housing plans for disaster-affected around the country awaiting government endorsement

Housing plans to assist disaster-affected people have been developed, and are awaiting approval and financial support from the government.

A budget submission seeking funds for housing repairs and reconstruction in Honiara, Guadalcanal and repatriation areas had been submitted to the Ministry of Finance.

The submission also includes permanent housing reconstruction for Temotu communities affected by the 2013 tsunami and earthquake.

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Housing plan proposed for Temotu tsunami-affected

A shelter strategy has been developed to address the housing needs of those affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami disaster.

“The strategy looks at rebuilding and repairing eligible houses that were completely or partially destroyed during last year’s disaster,” said Ministry of Infrastructure and Development Director of Architecture and Building Division Patterson Fakavai.

“It also aims to reduce future risk from earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, flooding and climate change by helping make sure houses are designed to be more disaster-resilient.”

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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.