08/05/2017 Suva, Fiji Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands was a major theme at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster Forum in Nadi, Fiji that took place from 26 to 28 April.
The joint FAO/WFP meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by the FAO and WFP Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators.
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SOLOMON ISLANDS: Rotavirus
In the past week, another 212 cases of diarrhea were reported from the 9 sentinel sites across the Solomon Islands as a rotavirus outbreak continues. 25 people are now thought to have died from diarrhea-related illness since the outbreak began. 16 of these fatalities were children under the age of 5.
11 February 2016, GENEVA – The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis presented today.
The top five most disaster-hit countries in 2015 were China (26), USA (22), India (19), Philippines (15) and Indonesia (11).
American Samoa's Power Authority says if the dry spell continues it will ask the Governor to declare a state of emergency.
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Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries, with the Pacific Ocean showing renewed signs of El Niño development. There is a 50 per cent chance of an El Niño forming by the end of 2014. Water conservation measures are recommended.
Drought conditions are being monitored on Emau Island, located in North Efate in Shefa Province. The island, with a population of 1,000 has not had rainfall since June 2014.
Like so many countries across the region the Samoas are suffering the effects of drought.
This is one of the main stories making news in both Samoa and neighbouring American Samoa.
Also today we'll discuss White Sunday and controversy continues for the Samoa Rugby Union.
Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker: American Samoan journalist, Monica Miller
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