- Tropical Cyclone Gita - Feb 2018
- Pacific: Dengue Outbreak - 2017-2018
- Tropical Cyclone Zena - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Winston - Feb 2016
- Pacific: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Cyclone Ian - Jan 2014
- Tropical Cyclone Jasmine - Feb 2012
- Cyclone Wilma - Jan 2011
- Tonga: Cyclone Rene - Feb 2010
- South Pacific: Tsunami - Sep 2009
The following syndrome was flagged this week:
- Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga
Ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Kiribati. As of 16 July there have been 14345 cases including 32 hospitalisations and two deaths. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Kiribati Ministry of Health and Health Services.
The wait for assistance after Cyclone Gita is adding to the stress of Tongans who suffered losses in the February storm, an NGO says.
Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.
17th July 2018 The Safety and Protection Cluster was allocated $300,000.00TOP from the National Emergency Recovery Committee (NERC) to address psychosocial support and to enact social provisions that would assist individuals who have been dealing with the stress of losing their homes and other issues stemming from the worst cyclone to hit Tonga - Tropical Cyclone Gita (TC Gita) that occurred on that 12th February 2018.
Limited take-up so far is linked to small island nations' reluctance to foot the bill for the effects of climate change, says insurance expert
By Jared Ferrie
PHNOM PENH, June 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pacific island nations are some of the world's most disaster-prone countries, yet only a handful have signed up to an insurance scheme that dispenses rapid payouts in a crisis – a situation experts hope to change.
The United Nations says only about 8 percent of disaster losses are covered in the Asia-Pacific region.
29th June 2018: In June 21 2018, the signing of the Grant Agreement (GA) of $56 million pa’anga between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga by the Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Resident Representative of JICA Tonga Office Mr. Shinji Yoshiura.
The following syndrome has been flagged:
- Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati, Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga
- Dengue-like illness: Samoa
The Grant Contract formalizing the Government of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project to Malia Tupu ‘i Makulata Primary School, was signed between H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Tonga, and Father Newcastle Niukapu, Principal of Malia Tupu ‘i Makulata Primary School on Wednesday 27 June, 2018.
1. The Due Diligence / Social Compliance Report (DDR) is for the proposed candidate subproject of the Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) - Upgrading the evacuation and post disaster access road for Popua in Tongatapu; upgrading additional Government Primary Schools (GPS) in Tongatapu, which are the GPS Ngele’ia and the GPS Hala-‘o-Vave; and relocating of Lifuka, Ha’apai hospital from vulnerable area to higher ground. ADB has classified the proposed subproject as Category C for Involuntary Resettlement – meaning, “Additional candidate sector …
22nd June 2018 The Government of Tonga and JICA signed a Grant Agreement of 2.8 billion Japanese Yen (equivalent to around $56 million pa’anga) for the implementation of Nationwide Early Warning System and Strengthening Disaster Communication (NEWS) Project this morning at the Cabinet chamber, St. George Office Building.
Prime Minister of Tonga and Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva signed on behalf of the Government of Tonga and Resident Representative, JICA Tonga Office Mr. Shinji Yoshiura signed on behalf of the Government of Japan.
The following syndrome has been flagged:
- Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga
Invasive Meningococcal Disease:
Tonga's budget will meet the country's needs despite its focus being on long term recovery from February's Cyclone Gita, the country's finance minister says.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International.
NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA (18 June 2018) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $6.8 million grant to help reconstruct and improve disaster resilience of the Nuku’alofa electricity network that was damaged by Cyclone Gita in February 2018. The support follows the $6 million assistance ADB provided to the Government of Tonga on 16 February under the Pacific Disaster Resilience Program and an additional $1 million under the ADB-supported Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund for humanitarian relief efforts on 22 February.
An international initiative to improve early warning systems against extreme weather and support climate change adaptation is gaining momentum to protect more people in more places. Financing has been extended to cover the Caribbean and West African regions.