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21 Apr 2017 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

This update details progress of the operation from its commencement on 9 December 2016 until 31 March 2017. Due to a lower actual number of non-food item (NFI) distributions and therefore reduced replenishment requirements than anticipated at the time of the DREF request, and further reconciliation of the stock up to early April, this update extends the operation timeframe to 31 May 2017 to allow:

31 Mar 2017 description

Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) put pen to paper to confirm a long term partnership with the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS). This is a first in the Pacific and a direct outcome of the Finland-Pacific (FINPAC) project where both SIMS and SIRCS worked together to provide early-warning support to the Lord Howe Settlement.

30 Mar 2017 description

Executive Summary

Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands, faces a myriad of resilience challenges. Not only is the city already exposed to multiple natural hazards, a changing climate will amplify many of the adverse impacts into the future. At the same time, rapid urbanization - most obviously expressed through the growth of informal settlements in urban and peri-urban areas - is heightening community exposure and sensitivity to a range of climate and non-climate shocks and stresses.

22 Mar 2017 description

Red Cross wants to reach 200,000 in next four years

Honiara, 22 March 2017 - The Solomon Islands Red Cross today launched its Strategic Plan for the next four years, with the aim of reaching 30 per cent of the population by the end of 2020.

The Strategic Plan is the culmination of six months’ work and consultation with staff, members and volunteers, as well as stakeholders and communities.

16 Mar 2017 description

By Corinne Ambler, IFRC

Red Cross staff and volunteers are scaling up efforts to tackle outbreaks of dengue fever which have been confirmed in at least nine Pacific Island Nations. The Solomon Islands has experience the highest number of cases, with more than 10,000 suspected infections since a dengue outbreak was declared in October 2016.

13 Feb 2017 description

The heavy rain has eased in Solomon Islands but has left many farmers devastated.

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13 Feb 2017 description

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, as islands from Papua New Guinea to Samoa experience simultaneous flooding in a "first time" event.

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, causing flooding from Papua New Guinea's east to Samoa.

Parts of the Samoan capital, Apia, have flooded, with authorities advising families living near rivers to move to higher ground.

Mata'afa Keni Lese from the Samoa Observer says it is unusual to see flooding simultaneously across so many parts of the Pacific.

07 Feb 2017 description


  • Rainfall recorded since 11pm to 2am, Honiara to talled 89 mm and Henderson recorded 65mm within 3 hours, This was quite a lot of rain over a period of 3 hours

  • Increased water level in rivers and most drainage system within Honiara city were compromised and over flooded as a result of the heavy downpour.

  • Most houses in the Kastom Gaden area and behind Panatina were submerged by flood and water logging

  • Other parts of Honiara did not report any major impacts

07 Feb 2017 description

Authorities in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, are on alert after a depression hanging over southern Guadalcanal triggered flash flooding in the city.

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07 Feb 2017 description

HONIARA, 3 February 2017 -- WHO and UNICEF are partnering with local civil society and the provincial government to deliver health and education supplies to those affected by the 7.8 magnitude December earthquake in Makira province.

A second shipment of emergency supplies which included an additional 10 tents and 35 tarpaulins are used by health centres and schools.

WHO Representative in Solomon Islands Dr. Sevil Huseynova and UNICEF Solomon Islands Chief of Field Office Mr. Yun Jong Kang visited affected clinics, schools and communities in Makira province.

06 Feb 2017 description

Provincial governments and aid organisations are still working to provide emergency supplies and assistance to people in Solomon Islands who were affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.

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26 Jan 2017 description

There have been 14 earthquakes greater than Magnitude 6.0 since November 2016. Over 9000 people affected and about 4000 houses damaged in Makira and Malaita provinces of Solomon Islands in December 2016.

Other earthquakes escaped major damage, however humanitarian partners in the region are monitoring the occurence of earthquakes and are on high alert for possible response

20 Jan 2017 description

Disaster authorities in Solomon Islands are concerned powerful aftershocks will cause more damage to infrastructure already weakened by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.

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17 Jan 2017 description

By Simon Nianfop and Corinne Ambler

The Solomon Islands Red Cross has so far reached thousands of people in an awareness campaign aimed at curbing the spread of dengue fever.

An outbreak of dengue was declared in the Solomons on 8 October last year, and so far the total number of suspected cases is almost 7,500, mostly concentrated in Honiara. One person is confirmed to have died from dengue and another death is suspected but unconfirmed.

11 Jan 2017 description

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Solomon Islands early this morning, in an area plagued by tremors since early December.

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05 Jan 2017 description

Cases of diarrhoea and conjunctivitis have increased in quake affected communities in Solomon Islands says the aid agency UNICEF.

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24 Dec 2016 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 occurred at 4.39 am on 9 December 2016 near 62km west-south-west of Kirakira in Makira Province, Solomon Islands. More than 40 aftershocks have followed and are still being experienced throughout parts of the Solomon Islands.

22 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


• A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred on 9 December near Solomon Islands claimed the life of one person and injured another, damaged or destroyed 439 homes and damaged 21 schools and four health clinics, according to initial damage assessments

• The Weather Coast area of Makira Province, southern Malaita Province and eastern Guadalcanal Province were the most severely impacted; Provincial Emergency Response Teams are verifying the severity and scale of the impact