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A UNFPA Pacific humanitarian response in the Solomon Islands

The rising water level after three days of consistent heavy rainfall snuck up on Honiara families in the Solomon Islands from accounts of survivors, most of who remain in evacuation centres today because they either have nothing to return to or there is a better chance of nourishment in staying than leaving.

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Heavy rain alert issued for flood-hit provinces in Solomon Islands

Audio: Solomon Islands braces for heavy rain, possible floods (ABC News)

A heavy rain alert has been issued for parts of Solomon Islands still recovering from severe flooding earlier this month.

A heavy rain alert has been issued for parts of Solomon Islands still recovering from severe flooding earlier this month.

Solomon Islands Meteorological Service issued the alert for all provinces including Temotu, Malaita, Central, Isabel and the Western provinces.

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Volunteers pack relief items for flood affected families

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World Vision

Author: Suzanne Wargo, World Vision International

On Good Friday, a group of young volunteers, some of whom had been affected by the floods, packed World Vision relief items destined for flood affected families.

Steven Baega, of Burns Creek, had a house full of mud and a damaged garden after the flood.

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Flash Flooding in Solomon Islands

Episcopal Relief & Development is in contact with the leadership of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. On April 3, heavy rains caused the Mataniko River to breach its banks, resulting in severe flash floods and the destruction of homes and key infrastructure. At least 23 people died and approximately 9,000 are homeless, with more than 5,500 staying in schools and community centers and many more with relatives.

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Solomons relief stocks gone but just half of flood victims reached

Updated at 2:02 pm on 23 April 2014

Stocks of relief supplies have run out in Solomon Islands less than a month since floods devastated communities in and around the capital, Honiara.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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SPRINT heads to Solomon Islands to aid flood victims with life-saving SRH services

24 April- Kuala Lumpur: The SPRINT Initiative, an emergency response programme supported by Australian Government and led by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is reaching out to flood victims in the Solomon Islands with life-saving sexual and reproductive health services.

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Flood Waters in Lungga Area, Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands (23 April 2014)

This map illustrates satellite-detected Lungga area eastern Honiara affected by flash flooding waters. Analysis was conducted using a Pléiades image acquired the 13th of April 2014 and a TerraSAR-X radar image acquired the 07th of March 2013 for reference waters. The expansion of the river can be seen and some houses along the river seem to have been affected by the flash flooding event. The exact limit of flood affected zones is uncertain because of the sensor characteristics of the satellite data and the nature of the vent (flash flood).

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UNDAC team assessing mine tailings dam in the Solomon Islands

(Honiara, 23 April 2014): A three-person United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has arrived in the Solomon Islands to assess a gold mine tailings storage facility following flash floods and heavy rains in the region.

There are concerns rising water levels in the dam, located about 30 kilometres from the capital Honiara, may have weakened, potentially placing around 8,000 people in nearby villages at risk. In addition, the site contains chemicals common to gold mining facilities.

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

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National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Situation Report No. 9

1. SITUATION DESCRIPTION

On periods between 2nd to 5th April 2014 a trough lies over the Solomon Islands. The weak low then developed into a Tropical Depression and later further developed into Tropical Cyclone Ita.

The 24 hours rainfall collected over the 4 days period recorded a total of 715mm rainfall, this almost triple the normal mean rainfall for the month of April.

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Flash-Flood Emergency Rapid Assessment (V2), Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands – 8 to 16 April, 2014

Executive summary

Following the flash flood emergency in the Solomon Islands on 3 April 2014, the Guadalcanal Department of Health performed rapid health and WASH assessment in many of the flood-affected communities in Guadalcanal Province. A total of 125 communities across North of Guadalcanal Province were assessed from 8 to 16 April 2014. This report documents the findings of the assessments and highlights a number of areas that require urgent follow-up actions by the Health, WASH, and Food Security clusters.

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Solomon Islands: HCC Situation Report 8 – 22 April 2014

Situation Status:

On Thursday 3 April, NDMO declared Honiara and Guadalcanal in a State of Disaster and a state of emergency was declared by the Solomon Islands Government on Friday April 4. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is coordinating the response and the Honiara City Council (HCC) has been mandated to coordinate the response for Honiara. A Multi-Agency Committee (MAC) has been established to provide advice and support to HCC in the provision of services to evacuation centres.

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Thousands will need long-term support following catastrophic flooding in the Solomon Islands

IFRC will launch an emergency appeal, as it is clear more support is urgently needed to help prevent the spread of waterborne disease and assist people to rebuild their damaged homes.

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Android App fast tracks relief effort in Solomon Islands

Smartphone technology is helping speed up the distribution of relief supplies to rural communities in Solomon Islands affected by recent floods.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International

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Flood affected Solomons schools remain closed

None of the 78 Solomon Islands schools damaged by the recent floods or the ten used as an evacuation centre for flood victims can reopen today.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International

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Secretariat of the Pacific Community brings drone technology to Solomon Islands

Staff of SPC's Solomon Islands Country Office were saddened to witness the human tragedy of the recent floods. The loss of life when the Mataniko and other rivers burst their banks and the old Mataniko bridge collapsed highlighted the plight of poor squatters with little choice but to occupy land that regularly floods.

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Solomon Islands + 3 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 16 - 21 April 2014

Five earthquakes over 6.0 magnitude have been recorded, including a magnitude 7.8 on 19 April that struck off Panguna on Bougainville Island. No major damage has been reported.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #5, 15-21 April 2014

Salient Points

  • Two weeks after torrential rain and river overflow in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement on 3 and 5 April 2014, flood waters are receding leaving behind acres of mud and debris

  • Destruction or serious damage has been widespread to families, residential and business communities, farmers and related livelihoods, and infrastructure, including water sources, and schools

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Food security concerns in wake of Solomon Islands floods

Aid groups in Solomon Islands are raising concerns a lack of food security is stopping many flood victims returning home from evacuation centres.

Devastating flash floods earlier this month killed 21 people and left thousands homeless.

Food gardens were also wiped out by the flooding or buried in silt.

CEO of NZ aid group Tear Fund, Ian McInnes, says that's seen a 400 per cent increase in the price of food staples in Honiara.

"There's food in the markets, but not enough, so that elevates the price," he said.

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