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14 Jul 2017 description

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is closely monitoring dengue outbreaks around the Pacific.

Palau is one of the countries experiencing a surge in dengue victims with 290 cases recorded for the first six months of this year.

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12 Jun 2017 description

The two Samoas are trying to work out an agreement to address their divergence in tsunami warning systems.

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13 May 2017 description

In American Samoa, a massive landslide at Malota has cut off access to the western end of the island and downed power lines and telephone lines.

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12 May 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone ELLA continued moving towards the Northern Division of Fiji islands. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect several Fiji islands, Wallis and Futuna and American Samoa over 12-16 May.

  • Fiji Meteorological Service has issued a Tropical Cyclone Alert for strong winds for the islands of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands. Meteo France New Caledonia reported that a Tropical Cyclone Alert number 2 is in effect for Futuna island (Wallis and Futuna).

12 May 2017 description

Heavy rain in American Samoa has caused major flooding in the territory.

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08 May 2017 description

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.

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.

08 Mar 2017 description

Health authorities in American Samoa say they needed to declare a health emergency over dengue in order to access federal funds.

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07 Mar 2017 description

The acting American Samoa Governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga, has declared a public health emergency following the confirmation of 3 people with dengue fever by the Hawaii State Laboratory.

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01 Mar 2017 description

The World Health Organisation says the latest dengue outbreaks suggest it is spreading across the Pacific.

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20 Feb 2017 description

People in American Samoa are being warned of flash flooding and high winds which could down power lines.

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01 Jan 2017 description

11:07 am on 31 December 2016

Heavy rain in American Samoa has caused flooding in parts of the territory.

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09 Dec 2016 description

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $39 million in funding to 23 health centers in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands and $1 million to two Primary Care Associations (PCAs) to help combat the Zika virus.

01 Nov 2016 description

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced today the availability of $39 million for health centers in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands to expand the availability of preventive and primary health care services to meet immediate and anticipated Zika-related health care needs and enable health centers to expand services in response to other urgent and emergent primary health care needs.

19 May 2016 description

Fundación Bill y Melinda Gates proporciona fondos esenciales para prevenir el virus del Zika

Atlanta/Washington, D.C., 18 de mayo de 2016—La educación de las comunidades y la capacitación de las mujeres sobre cómo prevenir la transmisión del virus del Zika son el centro de un nuevo esfuerzo de colaboración de los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) y la Fundación CDC, dirigido principalmente a las embarazadas en los territorios de Estados Unidos y en los países de las Américas.

19 May 2016 description

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides critical funding for Zika prevention

Atlanta/Washington, DC, May 18, 2016—Educating communities and empowering women on how to prevent Zika virus transmission is the focus of a new collaborative effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the CDC Foundation, aimed mainly at pregnant women in U.S. territories and the Americas.

15 May 2016 description

Work is finally set to begin to American Samoa schools wrecked by the tsunami in 2009.

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13 May 2016 description

4:29 pm on 12 May 2016

A weather warning has been issued in American Samoa with people told to be ready for strong winds, more flooding and high seas.

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24 Apr 2016 description

Samoans are counting the cost of Tropical Cyclone Amos, which hit the country on Saturday night as a category three storm, with some surprised by an inaccurate forecast.

The Pacific nation escaped the worst after Amos sped past the main islands and weakened from a category four system that was earlier predicted to strike the capital, Apia, directly.

But damage has been reported to some roads, and heavy rain has brought flooding, particularly in the east of Suvai'i island.

23 Apr 2016 description

Published: 23 April 2016

Suva, 23 April 2016 – Samoa Red Cross Society has been preparing stocks and personnel in advance of the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Amos, which is forecast to impact the country as a Category 4 cyclone later tonight.

The cyclone is expected to affect most of Samoa, in particular the island of Savai’i. Samoa Red Cross has moved stocks of tarpaulins for emergency shelter and other essential aid to the island in anticipation.