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26 Mar 2015 description

World Vision has begun preparing relief items to distribute to families affected by Cyclone Pam in Solomon Islands.

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20 Mar 2015 description

The Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office says it isn't expecting any casualties on the cyclone-stricken islands of Tikopia and Anuta.

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18 Mar 2015 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Tropical Cyclone Pam formed just east of Solomon Islands on March 6 and quickly gained strength on a southward path. It hit Vanuatu on Friday 13 March 2015 as a category V cyclone causing massive humanitarian needs across all of the provinces in Vanuatu, including Port Vila. Pam has been described as the strongest storm to make landfall since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013. Pam is turning out to be one of the worst cyclones to affect the Pacific in recent history.

13 Mar 2015 description

Updated at 8:35 pm on 13 March 2015

Solomon Islands is taking stock of the aftermath of Cyclone Pam with reports of serious damages in the country's eastern province.

Trees and crops have been flattened, with residents sheltering in school buildings and caves as the Category 5 storm destroyed their homes.

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06 Mar 2015 description

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It's been almost a year since flash floods devastated Solomon Islands' capital city Honiara, but work is still going on to repair vital infrastructure like roads and bridges.

In some cases, transport managers have opted for quick fixes to traffic problems, as they wait for major development projects to begin later in the year.

04 Mar 2015 description

(Solomon Islands) – To help the Solomon Islands Government make well-informed decisions about disaster risk management, decision-makers are receiving tailored training on how to access, use and create risk maps.

Geographic Information System (GIS) maps can show people the areas that are particularly at risk of flooding, rising sea levels, landslides, and other hazards.

03 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

This report aims to build understanding of the existing disaster risk financing and insurance (DRFI) tools in use in the Solomon Islands and to identify gaps where engagement could further develop financial resilience. It also aims to encourage peer exchange of regional knowledge, specifically by encouraging dialogue on past experiences, lessons learned, optimal use of these financial tools, and the effect these tools may have on the execution of post-disaster funds.

06 Feb 2015 description

The Solomon Islands secretary for health says the new government has made a commitment to relocating the National Referral Hospital.

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05 Feb 2015 description

Health authorities in Solomon Islands are closely monitoring the dengue situation in the country after several suspected cases were recently reported to their surveillance unit in Honiara.

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02 Feb 2015 description

The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.

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30 Jan 2015 description
report World Bank

World Bank Country Director to meet with Government

HONIARA, January 29, 2014 – The Solomon Islands Government today signed agreements with the World Bank for a sustainable fisheries project, funding support for rural poverty alleviation and flood relief, as well as continued economic and fiscal reform.

World Bank Country Director for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Franz Drees-Gross signed the agreements with Solomon Islands Minister of Finance Snyder Rini in Honiara.

23 Jan 2015 description

The Solomon Islands cabinet says it is still considering a rehabilitation package for the 2014 April flood victims.

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11 Dec 2014 description

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.

05 Dec 2014 description

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.

26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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%

20 Nov 2014 description
report World Vision

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.

07 Nov 2014 description

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

Summary

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.

31 Oct 2014 description

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.

22 Oct 2014 description

Six months after devastating floods in Solomon Islands, the clean up is continuing.

Solomons still recovering from April floods (Credit: ABC)

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.