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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 16 - 21 April 2014

Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot from the OCHA Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

A passenger ship with 459 people aboard, mostly high-school students, sank in waters off the southwest coast of the Republic of Korea on 16 Apr. At least 64 people have died, and 238 are missing. More than 500 divers, rescue boats and aircraft continue the rescue operation in difficult conditions.

Source: Media

SOLOMON ISLANDS

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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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Food security concerns in wake of Solomon Islands floods

Aid groups in Solomon Islands are raising concerns a lack of food security is stopping many flood victims returning home from evacuation centres.

Devastating flash floods earlier this month killed 21 people and left thousands homeless.

Food gardens were also wiped out by the flooding or buried in silt.

CEO of NZ aid group Tear Fund, Ian McInnes, says that's seen a 400 per cent increase in the price of food staples in Honiara.

"There's food in the markets, but not enough, so that elevates the price," he said.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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New Zealand to provide a portable bridge to Solomon Islands across Matanikau bridge

Geraldine Coutts

New Zealand will give a portable bridge to Solomon Islands next month to help ease Honiara's severe traffic congestion.

One of the two bridges across the Matanikau River was severely damaged by the April floods.

A total of 23 people died and 9,000 were made homeless after devastating floods, landslides and strong winds swept parts of the island nation.

The capital has been left with only one bridge to reach the hospital and international airport since the disaster.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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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.

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Assessments needed to avoid aid waste after Solomons floods

The Solomon Islands Red Cross has stopped distributing non-food items until an updated assessment of the families affected by the recent floods is available.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International

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Getting people out of camps main priority in Solomons

Two weeks after floods devastated communities in Solomon Islands, the government and authorities are prioritising the repatriation of flood victims.

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NGO wants support for Solomons' flood affected farmers

Originally aired on Dateline Pacific, Friday 18 April 2014

New Zealand NGO is looking for support to help farmers in rural Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands who were put out of business by the flooding two weeks ago.

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Water Level Situation in Gold Ridge Dam, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands (17 April 2014)

This map illustrates satellite-detected water areas as seen by the ASTER sensor acquired on 15 April 2014 as well as a Landsat-8 image acquired on 15 March 2014. The water level inside the tailings pond has increased between 15 March and 15 April 2014. However, the waters have not overflowed the tailings dam as of 15 April. The exact limit of flood affected zones is uncertain because of the sensor characteristics and the resolution of the data. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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Swift restoration of Solomons' flood damaged land vital - NGO

Updated at 7:25 pm on 17 April 2014

The New Zealand based non-government organisation, TEAR Fund, says it is vital farmers in rural Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands get immediate help to start regrowing their crops.

Read the story on the Radio New Zealand International

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Voluntary repatriation set to start for Solomons flood victims

Updated at 3:20 pm on 17 April 2014

The NGO World Vision is preparing to repatriate some flood victims in Solomon Islands who say they want to return to their homes.

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Satellite analysis supports damage assessment in Solomon Islands

Report
UNOSAT

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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Presenter: Catherine Graue

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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.