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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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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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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 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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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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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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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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Funding cut could threaten progress with malaria control

One of Australia's leading malaria experts says the dramatic success in almost eliminating malaria from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands could be jeopardised because future funding is being cut.

In the latest allocation of funding the Global Fund dramatically cut funding for anti-malarial programs in both countries.

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Presenter: Catherine Graue

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WHO warns of malnutrition in flood-affected areas in Solomon Islands

Honiara, 15 April 2014- The people affected by the floods in Solomon Islands are at increased risk of acute malnutrition if there is lack of access to appropriate and adequate food, and reduced access to health and nutrition services, warns WHO.

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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 Flash Floods - Health Situation Report No. 1

Health priorities include access to safe water and sanitation facilities, nutrition and food safety, maternal and child health services, and mental health and psychosocial support.

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WHO highlights lifesaving health priorities in the aftermath of flash floods in Solomon Islands

Honiara, 14 April 2014- When the massive flood hit a small community in a palm plantation in Guadacanal Province in Solomon Islands, the family of Samson Tokara trooped to the Okea evacuation centre to seek refuge. In the rush to the evacuation, he was not able to bring much of his belongings, but he grabbed the most important people in his life, his wife Jenlin and 2-month old baby Samantha.

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Australia sends medical doctors to the Solomons

The Australian Government is sending two Australian doctors, as part of a New Zealand-led medical team, to Solomon Islands to help with the relief effort following the devastating floods that hit the country last week.

A series of powerful earthquakes over the weekend and a localised tsunami further increased the need for support to the Solomons health system.

The Australian Government is providing a $3 million assistance package to the Solomon Islands Government, NGOs and the United Nations, to respond to crisis.

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NZ health and engineering support to Solomons

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced New Zealand will send health personnel and a Bailey bridge to Solomon Islands to assist with the response to flooding.

“The main hospital in Honiara is stretched after the recent flooding and there is a very serious risk of waterborne disease spreading around the capital,” Mr McCully says.

“We will be deploying two New Zealand health teams, on separate rotations, to assist the local authorities. The teams will consist of up to ten people, including; emergency management doctors and nurses, logisticians and support staff.

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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.