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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Threat for the following coasts, stating:
TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOME COASTS OF FIJI... NEW CALEDONIA... AND VANUATU.
28.11.2016 – The Pacific Islands are particularly hard hit by climate change. Smartphone apps are helping people there protect themselves from natural disasters.
Many island states in the Asia-Pacific region are feeling the impacts of climate change particularly strongly. Large numbers of islanders earn their living from agriculture or fishing, and this makes them especially vulnerable to extreme weather events like cyclones, floods or droughts.
Suva, Fiji, 29 October 2015
Two hundred people involved in disaster response across the region are gathered in Suva for the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting where the impact of disasters on women and children has been on the agenda today.
The meeting was addressed by HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan on the role of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) programs in building resilience to disaster and climate change.
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.
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.
Australia is assisting Pacific nations better prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather, with a focus on building resilience throughout the region to the impacts of climate change.
Australia’s funding includes:
$32 million over the next four years to support 14 Pacific countries to use local weather, climate and sea level data to plan for unusual and extreme weather
$16 million over the next four years to help Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga build their resilience to natural disasters