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21 Dec 2007 description

This report covers the period 1/7/2007 to 31/10/2007 of the 2006-07 appeal.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary: There have been no dramatic events during this reporting period.

20 Dec 2007 description
report Government of Fiji

The total damages of tropical cyclone Daman on the island of Cikobia recently being released by DISMAC is in the tune of $652, 171.

In an exclusive interview with the Department of Information today DISMAC director Joeli Rokovada said the cost includes all types of damages including the school, water, health, housing, community infrastructures and agriculture.

Upon the return of the government ground assessment team from Cikobia late last week Mr Rokovada had briefed the Cabinet on the extent of the damages on the island.

"We have just received the assessment report from the …

17 Dec 2007 description
report Government of Fiji

The Ministry of Health team that was dispatched to the island of Cikobia have been working around the clock to ensure that villagers of the island are prevented from any outbreak of diseases.

Acting Divisional Medical Officer Community Health Northern, Dr Pablo Romakin adds that upon their inspection, health officers found that water on the island was contaminated and had immediately raised the alarm to the villagers to be very careful.

"We have advised the villagers to boil all drinking water and those used for cooking," Dr Romakin said.

He added that the health …

14 Dec 2007 description

The European Commission today signed an agreement for FJD$20 million to reduce the vulnerability to natural disasters and to build the resilience in eight Pacific Island Countries including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Palau and Nauru.

At a ceremony in Suva, Fiji, the new Representative and Head of the European Commission (EC) Delegation for the Pacific, Mr Wiepke Van der Goot, signed the agreement with the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Mr.

13 Dec 2007 description
report Government of Fiji

The Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Joeli Rokovada has confirmed that assessment to damages brought about by Cyclone Daman has been completed and that critical services on the island are now stabilized.

Speaking exclusively to the Department of Information Mr Rokovada said that the DISMAC officials consisting of military personnel's and government officials who were dispatched to the island assisted in the general cleaning up of debris in the four villagers.

Mr Rokovada highlighted that with the situation under control,those families whose houses were …

11 Dec 2007 description
report Government of Fiji

The Director of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Joeli Rokovada, today confirmed that a Government team from the Commissioner Northern Division's office and the NDMO in Suva is currently conducting a thorough assessment on the extent of damages on Cikobia Island.

Mr Rokovada said the NDMO accurately reported that Tropical Cyclone Daman caused some damage on the island. He also apologised for what appeared to be a communication breakdown on the information conveyed by his office and the Commissioner Northern' office.

Mr Rokovada said the situation is now under …

10 Dec 2007 description

Posted Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:00am AEDT

Disaster officials in Fiji are trying to get emergency supplies to an island flattened by Cyclone Daman last week.

A helicopter and a Fijian Government boat are scheduled to leave today for Cikobia where winds of more than 200 kilometres an hour have caused extensive damage to houses and food crops.

Director of Fiji's national disaster management office Joeli Rokovada says his staff will assess how much more support the islanders need.

"They'll need further relief and rehabilitation assistance, so the assessment will be …

09 Dec 2007 description

The RSMC-Nadi Tropical Cyclone Centre, the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre continue to issue guidance on former Cyclone Daman that has now wond down to Tropical Depression east of Fiji's Central Lau Group.

The remnants of Cyclone Daman are located near about 80 kilometres east-southeast of Lakeba or 100 kilometres east-northeast of Kabara in the Lau Group at 6PM this evening Fiji time.

08 Dec 2007 description

Nadi, Fiji, 08 December 2007 - Category 4 tropical cyclone Daman brought heavy rains causing floods and landslides in the Northern Division of Fiji. International and domestic flights were cancelled on 7 December as the cyclone approached Suva.

The Disaster Management Committees (DISMAC) at the respective divisions have been active in ensuring adequate community preparedness. Some evacuation centres have also been established to accommodate displaced residents.

13 Nov 2007 description
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Note: Includes the coverage of the Regional Disaster Response Adviser for the Pacific