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31 Dec 2015 description

[JTWC] Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE 06P (ULA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 118 NM SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF PAGO PAGO, HAS TRACKED SOUTHWESTWARD AT 05 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. THE CURRENT POSITION IS BASED ON SATELLITE FIXES FROM PGTW AND KNES, WITH HIGH CONFIDENCE. THE INTENSITY OF 90 KNOTS IS CONSISTENT WITH DVORAK T-NUMBER ESTIMATES FROM PGTW AND KNES. TC 06P HAS RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED OVER THE PAST 12 HOURS, SUPPORTED BY LOW VERTICAL WIND SHEAR, STRONG POLEWARD OUTFLOW ALOFT, AND PASSAGE OVER VERY WARM WATER.

31 Dec 2015 description

Residents in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu are cleaning up after gale-force winds and pounding rain uprooted trees, ripped off roofs and reportedly left about 40 homes damaged.

Elsewhere in the South Pacific, other countries are facing extreme weather with the development of category one Cyclone Ula, located on Thursday morning (local time) north of Samoa and moving south-westerly.

Another low pressure system in the North Pacific near Marshall Islands is also threatening to intensify.

31 Dec 2015 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches Vava’u, Tonga. Attached are three situational awareness products depicting Estimated Tropical Cyclone Wind Impacts, Rainfall, and Wind Radii for this event, which are also available as layers in DisasterAWARE. If you would like to view these models in real time in DisasterAWARE, please access the Hazard event through the link below and expand the “Default Layers” folder in the product list. You may also search “TAOS” or “Radii” in the “Layers” palette.

31 Dec 2015 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches Vava’u, Tonga. Attached are three situational awareness products depicting Estimated Tropical Cyclone Wind Impacts, Rainfall, and Wind Radii for this event, which are also available as layers in DisasterAWARE. If you would like to view these models in real time in DisasterAWARE, please access the Hazard event through the link below and expand the “Default Layers” folder in the product list. You may also search “TAOS” or “Radii” in the “Layers” palette.

31 Dec 2015 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches Vava’u, Tonga. Attached are three situational awareness products depicting Estimated Tropical Cyclone Wind Impacts, Rainfall, and Wind Radii for this event, which are also available as layers in DisasterAWARE. If you would like to view these models in real time in DisasterAWARE, please access the Hazard event through the link below and expand the “Default Layers” folder in the product list. You may also search “TAOS” or “Radii” in the “Layers” palette.

27 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Palau Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Acute Fever and Rash

Three cases reported from Palau were diagnosed as varicella zoster.

Diarrhoea

Solomon Islands: Outbreak continues; there is a decrease in the weekly number of cases reported.

Ebola Virus Disease

20 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: New Caledonia

Other updates

Diarrhoea

17 Dec 2015 description
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The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, Tokelau

Other updates

Diarrhoea

Increasing number of cases of diarrhoea in the Solomon Islands. Most of the cases are from Honiara and Guadalcanal in young children aged less than 5 years. A WHO epidemiologist has been deployed to assist with the investigations.

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

10 Dec 2015 description

UN warns current El Niño event is strongest since 1998 and will continue into early 2016

The third Advisory Note on El Nino for Asia-Pacific countries, issued jointly by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), warns that the current El Nino event is likely to be one of the strongest since 1997-1998 and will persist into the second quarter of 2016.

06 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Vanuatu

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

30 Nov 2015 description
  • Tropical Cyclone TUNI formed in the Pacific Ocean, between the Polynesian islands of Samoa and Wallis and Futuna, on 27 November. It moved south-east, its centre passing west and south of Samoa islands, and continued towards Niue, maintaining its Tropical Storm intensity throughout its path.

30 Nov 2015 description

A gale warning remains in force for Niue, as tropical cyclone Tuni moves southeast around 160 kilometres northeast of the island.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

22 Nov 2015 description

Week 47, ending 22 November, 2015

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, Guam, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé (ILM), French Polynesia.

Dengue

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.

17 Nov 2015 description

Key Points

• A strong El Niño is now in force with some climatologists warning it could rival the 1997/98 event which was the most severe on record.

• In an El Niño year, the cyclone season usually runs longer and features a greater proportion of severe cyclones forming over a larger area.

• Up to 13 Pacific countries could be affected by El Niño-related drought, placing as many as 4.7 million people at risk.

16 Nov 2015 description
report Pacific Community

5 November 2015, Alofi

BSPRA ground-breaking way to address how Pacific Island countries prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters was launched today by the European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, H.E. Andrew Jacobs, and the Premier of Niue, the Hon Toke Talagi, in the margins of the Pacific Community Conference in Alofi.

Niue is the first Pacific Island country to commit to the Strategic Roadmap for Emergency Management which will ensure its emergency services work together to build a solid foundation for a prosperous future for the people of Niue.

08 Nov 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

Diarrhoea: Kiribati, Tonga

Influenza-Like illness: Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Republic of Marshall Islands

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé, French Polynesia.

Diarrhoea

There is currently an outbreak in Kiribati. Rotavirus has been isolated. Influenza-like illness