- Fiji: Meningitis Outbreak - Mar 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Gita - Feb 2018
- Pacific: Dengue Outbreak - 2017-2018
- Tropical Depression TD04F - Dec 2016
- Pacific: Dengue Outbreak - Oct 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Zena - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Winston - Feb 2016
- Pacific: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Cyclone Pam - Mar 2015
- Fiji: Dengue Outbreak - Mar 2014
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As part of an ongoing effort to promote disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Pacific countries, this policy brief identifies priority actions for disaster readiness, response and recovery. It has been prepared through a collaborative approach and should be a key reference in the future, promoting coordination across all levels and stages of the humanitarian cycle in the Region.
Promoting inclusion in Pacific humanitarian action
Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
Vanuatu and Fiji are experiencing climate-induced disasters that are continuously increasing in both scale and frequency. Both nations have been struck by a number of disastrous cyclones over the past three years – most notably Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu in 2015 and Cyclone Winston, which struck Fiji in 2016.
In response, ActionAid is supporting women in Fiji and Vanuatu to lead community efforts to strengthen their resilience to increasing disasters.
The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Global Shelter Cluster, the inter-agency coordination mechanism for shelter response. During these ten years, coordination has improved in consistency, shelter responses have grown in scale, and there are more people with experience in shelter programming, but people continue to lose their dwellings and be displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Global humanitarian shelter needs continue to greatly exceed the capacity and resources to respond.
Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms of numbers of casualties and people affected. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.
AMOUNT: EUR 21 400 000
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Second modification as from 08.03.2016: Fiji - Tropical Cyclone Winston:
Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on 20 February, causing loss of lives and significant damage to shelter, agriculture and infrastructure across its path. The Fiji Government estimates that close to 350 000 people living in the cyclone’s path were affected; 42 people have been confirmed dead and close to 40 000 people remain in evacuation centres.
The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms of casualties and people affected per number of inhabitants. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.
Central America - Food Insecurity
• Guatemala - a food insecure population of 1 to 2.49 million people from February until next main harvest in August 2016.
• Honduras, many poor households will have very limited maize reserves after the 2015 drought and will be facing a food crisis by March.
• El Salvador & Nicaragua - the number of people affected is lower but still of concern with critical numbers being reached from March 2016.
A cheque of more than $150,000 was handed over today to the Government of Vanuatu by the Fijian Government to specifically assist the students of Vanuatu whose lives and studies were affected by Tropical Cyclone PAM.
The Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu this morning received $10,000 from the Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Services lieutenant colonel Iferemi Vasu that will be directed towards relief efforts in Vanuatu.
Minister Seruiratu commended the FCS for their donation and said that this contribution will greatly assist those that have been affected by the recent cyclone in Vanuatu.
The Fiji Response Team operating from Port Vila in Vanuatu has sent a team of health officials to assist local health practitioners in Tanna Island in the province of Tafea.
Led by Dr. Luke Nasedra and Dr. Mark Rokobuili of the Ministry of Health, the team will assist in meeting a high demand for health services in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.
The Project for the Improvement of Equipment for Disaster Risk Management would enable the Department of Meteorology to strengthen its capacity to detect, monitor and provide early warnings to the people of Fiji on severe weather and associated hazards.
At the signing for Exchange of Notes for the project between the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities and the Government of Japan today, Ministry permanent secretary Mr Francis Kean said through this assistance of $5.7million, early warnings for Fiji will be enhanced for an effective response.