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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods Situation Report No. 4 (as of 18 April 2014)

The Government is encouraging voluntary returns from evacuation centres, but planning is needed to manage the process as there are concerns tensions will rise if evacuees are forcibly removed or food relief is withheld.

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 Flooding – UNICEF Responds to Urgent Water and Sanitation Needs

UNICEF is continuing to coordinate its emergency response with partners and the Solomon Islands Government in order to reach the estimated 52,000 people affected by extreme flooding. With water systems still extensively damaged and almost 10,000 people in evacuation centres, UNICEF’s main concern is ensuring people have clean water and adequate sanitation to prevent the potential spread of disease.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #4, 10-14 April 2014

Salient Points

  • Torrential rain and river overflow in Honiara, Guadalcanal,
    Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement between 3 and 5 April 2014.

  • Two earthquakes (7.2 and 7.7 in magnitude) have shaken Solomon Islands in the last few days, triggering tsunami warnings and evacuations, but fortunately no tsunami.
    Rapid assessments have not revealed any visible damage, but relief efforts were delayed while people twice evacuated high risk areas.

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National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Situation Report No. 8

SITUATION DESCRIPTION

All new information is in red coloured font.

The current situation now is that the floods are now recedes in almost all the flood inundated areas, and humanitarian responses are slowly being delivered by the Government and the Humanitarian Actors.

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods Situation Report No. 3 (as of 13 April 2014)

The government is fast-tracking food and water relief to affected communities and developing a three-month humanitarian action plan with partners to establish a coherent response.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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United Nations working together in flood-affected Honiara

(Honiara, 12 April 2014): The United Nations is working together in Honiara to assist the thousands of people affected by flash flooding in the capital and Guadalcanal Province.

A week after floods devastated the Solomon Islands, 21 people are confirmed dead with two missing and an estimated 52,000 affected across Honiara City and greater Guadalcanal. Over 10 UN agencies are in Honiara to distribute relief supplies and to provide expertise across coordination, protection, health, logistics and water, sanitation and hygiene.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Situation Report No. 7

SITUATION DESCRIPTION

The current situation now is that the floods are now recedes in almost all the flood inundated areas, and humanitarian responses are slowly being delivered by the Government and the Humanitarian Actors.

Initial Damaged Assessments (IDA) is now being undertaken by the Honiara City Council and Guadalcanal Province whilst Detail Sectoral Assessments (DSA) is being conducted by the responsible Government Ministries through the relevant Sectors. The DSA is expected to complete within the next 14 days.

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods Situation Report No. 2 (as of 10 April 2014)

Aid agencies report that pre-positioned stocks are nearly exhausted and there are not enough supplies for all affected people. A draft response plan is being developed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Ministry of Education responds to Guadacanal flooding

Posted Thu, 2014-04-10 10:28 by George Herming At the Taskforce for Education in Emergency Situation (TEES) meeting held on 7 April representatives of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) Education Authorities and UNICEF agreed on immediate priorities in response to the recent flooding in Honiara and Guadalcanal.

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #3, 7 - 9 April 2014

Salient Points

  • Torrential rain and river overflow in the capital city of Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement between 3-5 April 2014

  • Entire residential and business communities destroyed in Honiara search and recovery still ongoing for missing persons

  • 9,022 people are living in 24 evacuation centres in Honiara. Some relief is reaching them but the water and sanitation situation is deteriorating and morbidity is increasing

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Thousands of Children Missing School

Nine school buildings in the capital Honiara are being used as evacuation centres, while many others have been badly damaged, with floodwaters drenching carpets, smashing windows and destroying learning materials.

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26,000 children affected and at high risk of disease

UNICEF NZ is concerned for the 26,000 children estimated to have been affected by the extreme flooding in the Solomon Islands over the past few days, with many living in rural areas which have not been reached yet due to damaged infrastructure.

Extensive damage has seen entire communities destroyed, with a fifth of Honiara’s population displaced and the risk of disease high. UNICEF is now appealing for NZ$465,000 (US$400,000) to support those affected by the emergency.

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Child areas set up in Solomons shelters to deal with trauma

The NGO World Vision is setting up child friendly spaces within the evacuation centres housing thousands of people made homeless by last week's floods in Solomon Islands.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 – 8 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods Situation Report No. 1 (as of 7 April 2014)

The Government and aid agencies are working together to support 10,000 people in 24 evacuation centers, many of which are over-crowded.

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 #1, 1- 4 April 2014

Highlights

  • Torrential rain in Guadalcanal Province, especially around the capital city of Honiara, is causing ongoing flooding since Thursday, April 3. The storm may develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 hours. Heavy rain warning for Solomon Islands remains in force.

  • Up to six provinces may be affected and are on Tropical Disturbance Watch: Rennell & Bellona, Western, Russells, Guadalcanal, Makira and Malaita

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Caritas Update 62 (Spring 2013)

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The Spring 2013 Update covers Social Justice Week, Papua New Guinea, West Papua, the Philippines, Syria, Vanuatu disaster preparedness, Parihaka, our latest submissions, Mahitahi, schools news and the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.

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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.