HONIARA, 3 February 2017 -- WHO and UNICEF are partnering with local civil society and the provincial government to deliver health and education supplies to those affected by the 7.8 magnitude December earthquake in Makira province.
A second shipment of emergency supplies which included an additional 10 tents and 35 tarpaulins are used by health centres and schools.
WHO Representative in Solomon Islands Dr. Sevil Huseynova and UNICEF Solomon Islands Chief of Field Office Mr. Yun Jong Kang visited affected clinics, schools and communities in Makira province.
Provincial governments and aid organisations are still working to provide emergency supplies and assistance to people in Solomon Islands who were affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.
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• A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred on 9 December near Solomon Islands claimed the life of one person and injured another, damaged or destroyed 439 homes and damaged 21 schools and four health clinics, according to initial damage assessments
• The Weather Coast area of Makira Province, southern Malaita Province and eastern Guadalcanal Province were the most severely impacted; Provincial Emergency Response Teams are verifying the severity and scale of the impact
Shelter, health and education are the priority areas for authorities responding to recent quakes in Solomon Islands.
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7.8-magnitude earthquake struck 62 kilometres west southwest of the Makira provincial capital of Kirakira at 4:39 a.m. on 9 December
Tsunami warning and watch were cancelled on 9 December Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office issued an “all clear” message at 10:25 a.
Provinces of Makira and Malaita were most severely affected
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The Fiji Government held a series of lessons learned workshops for the overall response that culminated in a national workshop attended by partners involved in the humanitarian response. The Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) clusters also held their separate lessons learned review workshops.
UNICEF completed its internal After Action Review.
A school-feeding programme is running in 38 schools in worstaffected areas, benefitting nearly 6,000 students.
Cyclone Winston struck Fiji in early 2016; it was the strongest cyclone to ever make land fall in the South Pacific, and affected more than half of the country. The impact of this cyclone, subsequent storms and in other countries, drought, continues to be felt directly by children through greatly reduced food availability, damages to water and sanitation systems, and damages to schools and health centres.
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The Fijian Government has placed the total cost of damages at US$1.4 billion (approximately one third of Fiji’s annual GDP)
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) hosted an inter-cluster meeting to address the significant, ongoing needs on Koro Island
More than 23,000 people in 120 villages have been reached through eight weeks of integrated family health mobile outreach activities supported by the MoHMS, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO
Total affected population: 2.3 million
Total affected children (under 18): 1.4 million
Total people to be reached in 2016: 85,000
Total children to be reached in 2016: 51,000
2016 programme targets
800 children aged 6 to 59 months with global acute malnutrition identified and referred, including 120 children treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM)
48,000 children under 5 years received micronutrient supplementation
By , Jessika Bohr
The momentum generated in the last days, weeks and months around the importance of tackling climate change should now be put to use to serve the most vulnerable children – those who bear the brunt of climate change today. This is very evident in the East Asia and Pacific region, the world’s most disaster prone region.
Over the past year we have grown our income in a crowded and competitive market. We have had to absorb some cuts to our funding from DFAT as part of the Government’s austerity measures. We want to thank those supporters, including our President, who advocated strenuously on our behalf to reduce the severity of those cuts. It has also been a busy year as we have steadily prepared for our five yearly re-accreditation with DFAT, and welcomed an expanded membership.
As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease.
Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji.
The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.
As many as 4.7 million people in 11 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease. Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji. The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.
Push to include mitigation, preparation, response and recovery in regional curricula moves forward following nine country seminar
At least a dozen Afghan schoolgirls were trampled to death as they and others tried to flee to safety once the deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck their country and Pakistan earlier this week. Their deaths were yet another tragic reminder of how integrating risk reduction in education is becoming a moral imperative in a region where such disasters are occurring with increasing frequency.
SUAVE, Fiji, 14 September 2015 - The United Nations is urging Pacific Islanders and their governments to prepare now for a looming El Niño emergency with the potential to affect more than four million people.
“Climatologists are now unanimous in predicting that we are heading for a strong to severe El Niño event in the coming months. Some modelling is now suggesting this El Niño could be as severe as the event in 1997/98 which is the worst on record and brought severe drought to PNG and Fiji,” United Nations Resident Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani said.
New Zealand’s aid programme aims to make a positive difference in people’s lives‚ demonstrated through tangible‚ measurable results. To do this‚ we need a plan that outlines our ambition and focus.