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06 Jul 2011 description

The Pacific region covers a vast geographical area comprising thousands of islands and atolls. The majority of Pacific Island countries contend with the challenges of smallness and geographic isolation. The Pacific Island countries are heavily aid-assisted.

11 Jan 2011 description

Released: 1/11/2011 12:44:35 PM

Contact Information:

U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S.
Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192

Heidi Koontz
Phone: 303-202-4763

Clarice Nassif Ransom

08 Nov 2010 description

Executive summary

The Pacific region covers a vast geographical area comprising thousands of islands and atolls. The majority of Pacific island countries contend with the challenges of smallness and geographic isolation. The Pacific island countries are the most heavily aid-assisted part of the world on a per capita basis.

30 Jun 2010 description

This report covers the period 01/01/10 to 30/06/10.

In brief

Programme summary:

Cross sectoral initiatives during this period include:

- A dialogue with the Pacific Island Forum on potential cooperation initiatives.

- Delivery of the regional Community Resilience Forum, aimed at improving understanding of members in integrated approaches to working with communities.

- A monthly regional newsletter contributed to sharing best practice and improved coordination between Pacific members and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners.

- A monthly roster of travel by …

13 Apr 2010 description

New Zealand Red Cross aid worker Steve Davis was more surprised than anyone when a series of earthquakes struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday.

As part of ongoing disaster relief and recovery, Christchurch man Steve Davis was deployed to the Solomon Islands last Friday to assess Red Cross progress after a spate of disasters in the area including earthquakes, a tsunami and tropical cyclones.

Mr Davis says he was taken by surprise during the shake up, but says the timing is good from an aid perspective.

"Without effective and reliable IT and telecommunications support, …

12 Apr 2010 description

Updated April 12, 2010 07:30:33

Diaster officials in Solomon Islands say it could be days before they can fully confirm that there were no injuries or damaged caused by Sunday night's earthquake. The 6.8 quake about 100 kilometres southwest of Kira Kira in the Pacific Ocean and was felt in the capital Honiara.

31 Jan 2010 description

Volcano Assistance Provided to the Philippines

USAID/OFDA has provided $100,000 to benefit families affected by Mayon volcano'srelated displacement.

Following increased activity of the Mayon volcano in mid-December 2009,the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the warning category for the volcano to Alert Level 3 on December 14, and instructed evacuations of local residents living within the six-km permanent danger zone.

30 Jan 2010 description

Two earthquakes (6.5 and 7.2) struck near Rendova and Tetepare Islands some 88km SSE of Gizo, in  Western Province on Monday 4th January 2010. Significant impacts were localised around the Southern  half of Rendova Island. The village of Retavo was destroyed by a tsunami wave of 4.5 ‐ 5m with a run up of  200 ‐ 300m resulting in the loss of 6 households affecting 31 people. Nine other villages were impacted by  the earthquake affecting a further 555 households. In addition major landslides had affected the gardens  and livelihoods of the 561 affected households. Recovery Action Plan was for

22 Jan 2010 description

GENERAL INFORMATION

Weeks after two earthquakes struck the Solomon Islands, the Government is drafting plans for the recovery phase. Relief goods continue to be delivered to affected areas, and a health surveillance system is being readied.

HEALTH IMPACT

Around 8 067 people were living in affected areas.

Identified needs continue to be:

- Clean food and safe water

- Sanitation

- Hazard analysis

- Provision of health services to affected people

Casualties

No deaths or serious injuries have been reported as of 22 January 2010.

RESPONSE

Government …

18 Jan 2010 description

The National Disaster Council has thanked Our Telekom for supporting its Munda-based Emergency Operations Centre with free communication facilities.

Our Telekom last Thursday installed a telephone and fax line at the office.

Our Telekom's Manager for Western Province Robertson Szetu has confirmed the support is its contribution to the operations and 'all charges are to be waived'.

"The telephone and fax lines are a 'donation' to assist in the earthquake disaster in the area," he told NDMO in an email today from Gizo.

He added the lines will assist …

15 Jan 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA/ SOLOMON ISLANDS, 15 January 2010 - Widespread landslides, flash floods, damaged schools, water contamination and reports of diarrhoea, red eye, coughing and the 'flu' were cited in the assessment conducted by the National Disaster Management Office, UNICEF, UN Development Programme (UNDP), and other partners (OXFAM, Red Cross, Save the Children, ADRA and World Vision).

In Baniata, Solomon Islands UNICEF has taken the lead to provide temporary school shelters so children still have access to education after the emergency.

"School begins on January 18th but we have …

14 Jan 2010 description

Taiwan Embassy says the Taiwanese government is to donate 300-thousand dollars to help victims of the recent earthquakes in the Western Province.

The Embassy says the donation ceremony will be hosted Ambassador George Chan after he finishes his personal leave and comes back from Taiwan this weekend.

Charge D'affaires of Taiwan Embassy, Ben Wang last week paid a courtesy call Prime Minister Derek Sikua and extended the people and government of Taiwan deepest condolences and sympathy to the people and families in the affected areas by the earthquakes.

Mr Wang says that the pain …

13 Jan 2010 description

GENERAL INFORMATION

On the morning of 4 January 2010, two earthquakes-magnitude 6.5 and 7.2, with epicentres West South West of the island of Honiara-struck the Solomon Islands within an hour of each other. The earthquakes generated a tsunami that hit the southern and northern coast of the islands of Rendova and Tetepare. The large wave and landslides damaged houses and boats on both islands.

One day later (5 January), an aftershock measured at magnitude 6.9 struck, damaging houses around the Marovo lagoon.

HEALTH IMPACT

Around 4 995 people were living in affected areas.

12 Jan 2010 description

GENERAL INFORMATION

On the morning of 4 January 2010, two earthquakes-magnitude 6.5 and 7.2, with epicentres West South West of the island of Honiara-struck the Solomon Islands within an hour of each other. The earthquakes generated a tsunami that hit the southern and northern coast of the islands of Rendova and Tetepare. The large wave and landslides damaged houses and boats on both islands.

One day later (5 January), an aftershock measured at magnitude 6.9 struck, damaging houses around the Marovo lagoon.

HEALTH IMPACT

Around 4 887 people were living in affected areas.

08 Jan 2010 description

Two New Zealand Red Cross Information Technology and Telecommunication technicians left for the Solomon Islands yesterday to help relief efforts in the country in the wake of last week's earthquakes and tsunami.

Rex Aubrey (from Plimmerton) and Matthew Poole (from Auckland), both trained Red Cross aid workers, left for the Solomon Islands yesterday. They will be based in Honiara working closely with the Solomon Islands Red Cross.

08 Jan 2010 description

New Zealand is making an initial contribution of $50,000 to relief efforts in Solomon Islands following the recent earthquakes and tsunami there, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.

"Our contribution will be allocated to various agencies working on the ground in Solomon Islands, as requests for assistance come to hand, However it is likely to include an immediate $10,000 to the Solomons' National Disaster Management Organisation to help them meet essential costs as they assess the damage and distribute relief supplies,

"We are also likely to make a …

06 Jan 2010 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children aid worker Georgia Noy from Melbourne has been on the ground in earthquake affected Tetepare Islands in the Solomons since the disaster struck 48 hours ago. Ms Noy is part of a disaster response team conducting a preliminary assessment of the damage caused by the disaster.

"It was a frightening experience when the earthquake struck but it was helpful being on the spot when it happened.

06 Jan 2010 description

Australia will provide up to $50,000 in immediate emergency relief assistance in response to the earthquakes that have recently affected the Solomon Islands.

Initial assessments suggest the earthquakes caused limited damage to housing, mainly on the western province island of Rendova.

There have been no reports of serious injuries.

Australia is concerned for the welfare of all those affected by the earthquakes and will offer appropriate assistance to help the people of the Solomon Islands.

This funding will enable the Red Cross and Oxfam to distribute and restock emergency …