When it comes to disasters, climate change and the environment, the Solomon Islands is one of the South Pacific’s most vulnerable countries.
Bridges, schools, clinics, hospitals, fisheries, footpaths and roads, water supplies, sea walls, office complexes, and crops are just a few examples of infrastructure and development subject to risk.
To help combat this, a Risk Resilient Development Toolkit is being developed to help decision-makers factor risk into their planning.
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) is taking a lead role in driving these initiatives.
A three-day forum attracted representatives from government, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), agency, and other partnering groups to address these issues, and discuss ways to help communities become less vulnerable.
Measles cases have declined in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province and appear to be declining in other provinces.
Two children from Western Province are reported to have died from measles-related complications, bringing the total death count to nine.
All provinces have either finished or are in the final stages of the Measles Vaccination Campaign.
The focus of the National Measles Vaccination Campaign is now on Rapid Coverage Assessments (RCAs) and a mop-up of all zones with coverage less than 95%
For the children of Ghavaga Kindergarten in Guadalcanal Plains, having new sanitation facilities is a first step towards a healthy physical learning environment benefiting a child’s learning and health. Last week, some 75 children and their teacher’s received two toilets, with an additional four for their community.
“This is really a big achievement for the school and our little children as water and sanitation is one of our priority development plans for the school for the next three years,” said Alice Bunia, a kindy teacher at Ghavaga Kindergarten.
No of people affected: 52,000
No of people to be assisted: 21,000
DREF allocated: CHF 158,099
Glide n° FL-2014-000045-SLB
Operation budget: CHF 684,278
Solomon Islands flash floods impact: Prolonged heavy rainfall associated with a tropical depression passing over the Solomon Islands on 3 April 2014 resulted in severe flooding in the capital Honiara and the northern Guadalcanal Plains. Associated damage was also recorded in the Guadalcanal region, together with the Makira, Malaita and Isabel Provinces.
The Solomon Islands is set to have a one-stop-shop database of maps and relevant information that shows decision-makers where risks like flooding, erosion and landslides are high.
From the data collected so far, staff in the Solomon Islands' Ministry of Environment Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) have observed that flooding in the Solomon Islands has been getting worse over the past few years.
Six months after devastating floods in Solomon Islands, the clean up is continuing.
22 people were killed and 9,000 left homeless when flash flooding swept Honiara and Guadalcanal Plains in April.
Since then, World Vision has been working on the recovery effort and is nearing the end of its work to fully restore water supply and sanitation.
Measles cases have declined in Honiara and Guadalcanal province (GP), however cases are increasing in the other provinces.
A six-month-old child from Western Province died due to measles-related complications, bringing the total death count to 7.
The National Measles Vaccination Campaign has commenced in Central, Guadalcanal, Malaita,
Renbel and Western provinces.
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) issued a Flood All-Clear statement on Tuesday night.
“We have advised no further threat exists and it is now safe for people in the affected areas to move around,” NDMO chair Dr Melchoir Mataki said.
“We would like to see those living in evacuation centres or other safe areas, who can safely do so, return to their homes.
“We will assess their needs from their homes and do all we can to assist them.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to those families affected by this tragedy.
by George Herming
A two days workshop on the “lessons learned” following the April Floods in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal is underway in Honiara.
The workshop brings together a diverse group of people and organizations who have been involved in and still involved in the disaster management operations of the April Floods.
Workshop participants were drawn from a range of stakeholders including Government Agencies, the Donor Community, International Humanitarian Agencies and NGOs.
Farmers who lost crops and livestock during April’s flash floods are beginning to receive assistance under one of several different programs.
Those who need the most help are being prioritized, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL).
Over the long term, MAL will try and help everyone whose livelihoods were damaged or destroyed.
“Right now we want to make sure the worst-affected farmers receive the assistance that will help them the most,” MAL Extension Services Director Michael Ho’ota said.
Three more people have died from measles in Solomon Islands bringing the death toll from the outbreak to six, with 2300 cases reported so far.
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Author: Dana MacLean
AVUAVU, Solomon Islands (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An abandoned airstrip overgrown with weeds marks the entrance to this village of 400 people on Guadalcanal, the largest of the Solomon Islands. Since January, it has been home to the Solomon’s first automatic weather station, a device that may help the Pacific archipelago nation bear up to climate change.
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19 months on from the tsunami that hit Temotu province in Solomon Islands, victims are still living in temporary shelters and awaiting funds to help rebuild their permanent homes.
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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Moses Virivolomo, and the Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, inspected the completed flood repairs in West Guadalcanal on Thursday 18 September 2014.
Bridge approaches and other crossings on the West Guadalcanal Highway were washed out during the floods in April, cutting access to Honiara for thousands of people between Kakambona and Lambi.
Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have delivered vital supplies to remote communities in Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s commitment to provide support to the region.
HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan transported education, medical and flood relief supplies from the capital Honiara to coastal communities in need. Labuan headed north and east to Tulaghi and Auki, with her sister ship Tarakan heading south to Guadalcanal’s very remote Weather Coast.
Commanding Officer of Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, said the landing craft were ideally suited to the task.
Many Temotu communities affected by the February 2013 tsunami are on their way back to normalcy, thanks to the resilience of communities and some assistance from various organisations.
Restored food gardens, temporary shelters, and some new livelihood opportunities are among the signs of recovery, one year and a half on from the disaster.
"It’s the local people here who take the initiative to make these programs work at a village level,” said Temotu Premier Fr. Charles Brown Beu.
Measles cases continue to rise; 1308 cases were reported as of 7 September 2014.
This week, 355 new cases were reported.
A 21-year-old female from Malaita died from pneumonia related to measles.
The National Measles Vaccination Campaign started in Guadalcanal Province (GP) this week.