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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

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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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.

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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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Solomons flood victims 'terrified' after quakes

04/14/2014 07:26 GMT

by Dorothy Wickham

HONIARA, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - A series of powerful earthquakes off the Solomon Islands sparked panic in evacuation centres filled with victims of an earlier flood but apparently caused no serious damage, aid workers said Monday.

A 7.6-magnitude quake woke residents in the flood-hit capital Honiara early Sunday, followed soon after by a 5.9-magnitude aftershock, then a tremor close to midnight that measured 7.5, according to the US Geological Survey.

Agence France-Presse:

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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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Flood situation still dire in Solomon Islands

Nine days after devastating flash-flooding, there are still 50,000 to 60,000 people homeless - most without shelter and fresh water.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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Dengue in the Pacific Region Information Bulletin n°1

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation

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The IFRC’s recently launched advocacy campaign ‘Dengue: Turning up the volume on a silent disaster’ is very timely for the Pacific, where a number of countries have been experiencing increased dengue activity or outbreaks.

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National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Situation Report No. 6

SITUATION DESCRIPTION

No weather and flood threats currently for Solomon Islands. Mostly fine weather for the next 18hrs for the whole country.

Total number of deaths – 21 – downgraded from 23.
Most recent verified data from Police Operation Centre. This recent data should be the most accurate.

DISPLACEMENTS

-Displaced people are still occupying all (24) the designated evacuation centres.

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WHO responds rapidly to health needs from flash floods in Solomon Islands

10 April, 2014 - Heavy rains from 3 to 5 April 2014 resulted in flash flooding in Honiara, the capital city of Solomon Islands. The Government declared a state of emergency in Honiara and the rest of Guadalcanal province. Over 52,000 people are affected across the entire country; many have lost their homes and livelihoods. The death toll has risen to 23.

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Solomon Island Govt:effects of floods still coming in

The head of the National Disaster Office in Solomon Islands says emergency repairs to roads and bridges has allowed teams to go further into Guadalcanal Province to assess flood damage.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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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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National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Situation Report No.5

SITUATION DESCRIPTION

The general weather situation as reported at 8:00 am this morning for the next 18 hrs:

Tropical cyclone Ita (category two) with the central pressure of 981 hectopascals as of 5:00 am this morning has now moved and currently located approximately 11 nautical miles south of Venama Island, PNG.

There is no current warning or threats related to the Cyclone for Solomon Islands.
All rivers around Guadalcanal have subsided and returning to normal water levels.