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AT A GLANCE
Risks Climate change exacerbating natural disasters
Area of Engagement Deepening engagements in resilience to climate change
The government of Fiji has pioneered an innovative approach to assessing and quantifying the impacts of climate change which will help the Pacific Island country chart a resilient development path.
NATURAL HAZARDS EXACERBATED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
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By Wendy Everett
The head of Fiji's UN humanitarian affairs office says he is concerned the country's tsunami warning system was not swift or loud enough to alert people after a magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit 200 kilometres south-west of tourist hub Nadi Wednesday morning.
The quake triggered a tsunami threat for the Pacific country, warning waves as high as a metre could be headed for Fiji's coastlines. The alert was later withdrawn.
At least 11 countries across Asia-Pacific experienced severe weather conditions due to El Niño.
In February, Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone recorded in the South Pacific, devastated Fiji.
In DPR Korea, 18million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance – 2016 response plan severely underfunded.
Tropical Storm Roanu triggers worst flooding in Sri Lanka in 25 years; preparedness actions mitigated loss of life in Bangladesh.
TC Winston Highlights
UNICEF is supporting early recovery activities and supplies in WASH, education, maternal and child health, child protection and communicating with communities
UNICEF is supporting MoEHA, MoMHA and i-Taukei Affairs with field monitoring of supplies and activities delivered to communities in response to TC Winston
U-Report is being launched as an inter-ministerial initiative that will connect Government to the voices of Fijians throughout the country
Beginning on 4 April, heavy rain from two tropical disturbances continues to fall on communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston where thousands of people are still reliant on transitional shelter. Low-lying villages were evacuated. In the north and west of the country, roads were cut and schools closed. The Cyclone Winston response is moving into the early recovery phase. Priorities include providing permanent shelter and water and sanitation for 350,000 people. Some 800,000 planting materials were distributed
CHINA / JAPAN
Tropical Cyclone Dujuan is currently a Category 4 storm about 200km east of Taiwan province of China.
The China Meteorological Administration issued warnings for the powerful typhoon which is scheduled to make landfall on 29 Sep. Given that there are public holidays in China, the government is working to ensure the safety of tourists visiting seaside areas.
In Japan, warnings for heavy rain, flood, storm, high waves and storm surge are in place for Ishigakijima and Yonagunijima. Flights and ships to/from these islands are cancelled.
(Nadi, Fiji, 22 October 2012): Over 100 humanitarian actors from the Pacific Island region have gathered for the 5th Annual Pacific Humanitarian Team Regional Workshop in Nadi, Fiji.
The Workshop, focused on promoting international, regional and national best practice will build on the lessons learned from a number of humanitarian responses over the last twelve months including the 2011 droughts in Tuvalu and Tokelau, Tropical Cyclone Wilma that hit Vanuatu in March 2012 and the January and February 2012 Fiji floods.
The seafloor to the north of Fiji, where the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates crash together, is becoming a hotspot of scientific interest with implications for earthqake and tsunami activity across the Pacific.
The Australian scientific research vessel 'Southern Surveyor' has just returned from a three-week voyage there.
The Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 6)
Okinawa 'Kizuna' Declaration
Okinawa, Japan, 25-26 May 2012
B. Emergency Scenarios Identification
- The range of possible disasters that may impact Fiji is large, too large to set up specific response mechanisms and operational logistics procedures for each one.
- As the size of the potential impact, the locations and the type of response may be quite similar between certain types of hazards, we have tried to group several hazard into one global scenario.
Following extensive damage to homes caused by Tropical Cyclone Tomas on March 14 2010, forty-six families living in the worst affected areas of Vanua Levu now have new homes to live in.
When Tropical Cyclone Tomas crossed Fiji in 2010, it caused significant damage to homes and crops in the Northern and Eastern Divisions, and a State of Natural Disaster was declared on March 16 2010.
Natural disasters are not one-off events so require a more integrated, long-term response, writes Robert Tickner.
THE past five years have been bracketed by the most devastating natural disasters in the region's history: the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which claimed the lives of 226,000 people across 14 countries and the unprecedented triple punch of an earthquake, tsunami and typhoon three months ago. These disasters understandably received blanket media coverage, outlining the unfolding catastrophe, the mounting human toll, and then the extensive humanitarian relief effort.
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