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04 Aug 2017 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

19 Jul 2016 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

03 Jun 2016 description

The humanitarian impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño remains deeply alarming, now affecting over 60 million people. Central America, East Africa (particularly Ethiopia), the Pacific and Southern Africa remain the most affected regions. The El Niño phenomenon is now in decline, but projections indicate the situation will worsen throughout at least the end of the year, with food insecurity caused primarily by drought not likely to peak before December. Therefore, the humanitarian impacts will last well into 2017 .

13 Mar 2016 description

A year after Tropical Cyclone Pam cut a path of destruction across Vanuatu, Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, the Pacific is again grappling with the devastating aftermath of a Category 5 cyclone – the worst ever to hit the South Pacific. After impacting on the islands of central Tonga, Tropical Cyclone Winston unleashed its El Niño-fueled fury on Fiji on 20-21 February, killing more than 40 people and leaving 40 per cent of the population in humanitarian need.

12 Mar 2016 description

TC PAM

  • The eye of category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam passed close to Efate Island in Shefa Province, where the capital Port Vila is located one year ago.

  • The cyclone recorded winds of around 250 km per hour, and gusts peaking at 320 km per hour.

  • 188,000 people were affected and 11 people died.

  • Early warning systems and the provision of evacuation centres by the

  • Government of Vanuatu prevented a higher death toll.

TC WINSTON

12 Mar 2016 description
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TC PAM

  • The eye of category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam passed close to Efate Island in Shefa Province, where the capital Port Vila is located one year ago.

  • The cyclone recorded winds of around 250 km per hour, and gusts peaking at 320 km per hour.

  • 188,000 people were affected and 11 people died.

  • Early warning systems and the provision of evacuation centres by the Government of Vanuatu prevented a higher death toll.

TC WINSTON

09 Mar 2016 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño has passed its peak but it remains strong and will continue to influence the global climate. It is expected to weaken in the coming months and fade away during the second quarter of 2016. The World Meteorological Organization states that models indicate a return to an El Niño neutral state during the second quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, strong El Niño conditions are quite likely through March-April. It is too early to predict if there will then be a swing to La Niña (the opposite of El Niño).

29 Jan 2016 description

60 million PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY EL NIÑO IN THE FOUR MOST AFFECTED REGIONS

2.8 million PEOPLE REQUIRE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS

10.2 million PEOPLE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY FOOD IN ETHIOPIA

14 million FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA – EXCLUDING SOUTH AFRICA

El Niño status

07 Jan 2016 description

Rotavirus in Solomon Islands

A rotavirus outbreak in Solomon Islands has so far claimed the lives of four children. More than 2000 cases of diarrhoea have been reported so far with the outbreak spreading from the capital to the provinces over the holidays. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, is implementing a nationwide response to the outbreak under the Diarrhoea Outbreak Response Action Plan.

El Niño

08 Dec 2015 description

INDONESIA

Frequent earthquakes in North Maluku Province from 16 Nov – 4 Dec have damaged nearly 1,600 houses and buildings across 19 villages and displaced over 10,000 people. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated the frequent earthquakes were due to increased tectonic activity and was unlikely to trigger a major earthquake. Local authorities, supported by the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) have provided basic assistance to those affected.

10,000 people displaced

20 Nov 2015 description

As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease.

Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji.

The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.

06 Nov 2015 description

As many as 4.7 million people in 11 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease. Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji. The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.

12 Oct 2015 description

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

According to the Government, over 2.3 million people are affected by prolonged drought across PNG.
Immediate needs are food and water. The Government is leading the response and has completed the first round of relief distribution to the most affected provinces in the Highlands.

07 Aug 2015 description

Overview

El Niño is historically associated with lower rainfall amounts in the Asia-Pacific region; its impact is difficult to predict. Drought and floods are concurrently occurring in many countries in the region, however the effects of drought are expected to prevail and are likely to be heavier than expected.

Country alerts

India

19 Sep 2014 description

CLIMATE OUTLOOK

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.

Vanuatu

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.