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Satellite analysis supports damage assessment in Solomon Islands


16 April 2014, Geneva, Switzerland - Solomon Islands have been dramatically impacted by floods that began in early April and continued for over one week causing 21 deaths and an estimated 52,000 affected across Honiara City and greater Guadalcanal. OCHA reports that 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 in a situation made complex by the destruction of infrastructure, the contamination of water and the scarcity of medical supplies.

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Solomons business community reaches out to rural flood victims

The Solomon Islands business community says it is extending help to flood victims on the Guadalcanal plains.

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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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PM applauds NZ government for funding damaged Mataniko bridge

Posted Wed, 2014-04-16 08:52 by George Herming

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo today has applauded the New Zealand Government for its quick response to immediately provide a bailey bridge to replace the damaged old Mataniko Bridge at Chinatown.

Mr. Lilo over the weekend sought New Zealand to assist with the provision of a bailey bridge to replace the old bridge, which was washed away by flash flooding on April 3.

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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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Recent floods in Solomons put huge strain on food supplies - UNICEF

UNICEF says farmers on Guadalcanal have been severely affected by the recent floods, which is putting a huge strain on food supplies in Solomon Islands.

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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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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 9-15 April 2014

More than 9,000 people remain displaced in Honiara, and 50,000 more are affected, 12 days after severe flooding devastated Honiara and greater Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

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

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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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NEOC reports zero damages after quake and tsunami

Posted Mon, 2014-04-14 17:26 by George Herming

The Government’s National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) has reported zero casualties or damages from the magnitude 7.6 quake and tsunami that struck coastal villages of mainland Makira and its surrounding islands on Sunday morning.

The undersea earthquake followed by a tsunami had forced thousands of coastal dwellers in many parts of the country to flee to safety on higher grounds following warnings issued on the National Broadcaster, SIBC on Sunday morning.

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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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Damage Assessment Along Matanikau River, Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands (14 April 2014)

This map illustrates satellite-detected urban areas that were affected by flash flooding along the Matanikau River in Honiara, capital city of the Solomon Islands. Analysis was conducted using a Resurs-P panchromatic image acquired the 08th and the 13th of April 2014. Traces of waters can be seen in urban areas along the Matakinau River and ~ 100 houses seem to have been washed out and/or flooded by the flash flooding event in the identified areas. A bridge in the Chinatown neighbourhood appears to be totally destroyed, however the main bridge further north seems intact.

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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


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.