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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 Nov 2010 description

*The Pacific region is currently experiencing the weather phenomenon La Niña, which is projected to continue into February - April 2011. La Niña typically affects the distribution of rain and tropical cyclones across the region.

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.

06 Aug 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) capacity to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.

Programme(s) summary: At 30 June 2010, IFRC had made 73 allocations from the DREF to support 67 different operations for a total of 11,285,280 Swiss francs bringing assistance to over …

25 May 2010 description

The Asian Development Bank's Board of Directors have approved the administration of two additional cofinancing grants from the Australian and New Zealand Governments to help restore essential transport links between Honiara and West Guadalcanal.

The grants from Australia ($A300, 000), and from New Zealand ($NZ500, 000) will be used to reconnect communities in West Guadalcanal to clinics, schools, and markets in Honiara.

Severe weather and a series of floods earlier this year damaged roads and bridges in the west and severely disrupted transport services.

The assistance will be …

09 Apr 2010 description

BOB MCMULLAN MP
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY
FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

16 Mar 2010 description

A resident of West Hograno is calling on responsible authorities to respond to food shortages in the West Hograno area following the area being declared a disaster area earlier this year.

Mr Applose Manegere is making the call on behalf of chiefs, men, women and children of West Hograno in their anticipation for relief food supplies.

Following heavy torrential rain in January this year which either washed away food gardens or caused them to rot, assessment teams have visited the area and declared it a disaster zone. However, following their visits, no relief supplies have reached the …

08 Mar 2010 description

Water problems is making life for Students of Pamua school very diffucult.

09 Feb 2010 description

9 February 2010

GENERAL INFORMATION

On 21 January, weeks after two earthquakes struck the Solomon Islands, the country suffered further damage from heavy rains brought by a tropical depression. The islands of Guadalcanal, Isabel, Makira and Malaita experienced heavy flooding.

Some assessments of damage have been completed and the Government with local partners is managing the response.

HEALTH IMPACT

Initial assessments place the affected population at around 7 776 in East Honiara and 8 240 in Malaita. Further assessment in other areas is ongoing.

31 Jan 2010 description

New Zealand provides aid for the people of Haiti

A massive global humanitarian effort is underway in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas in Haiti following the disastrous 12 January earthquake that has left over 100,000 people dead, an estimated 1 million people homeless and affected approximately 3 million people in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

A United Nations (UN) update on the international relief effort supported by the New Zealand Government's international aid and development programme (NZAID) shows the coordination of humanitarian help in Haiti is improving every …

26 Jan 2010 description

Of the bridges damaged by heavy downpour last week to the west of Honiara, three have temporarily being fixed. The Tamboko bridge linking the larger North West and West Guadalcanal access to Honiara remains to be usable.

This has caused great difficulties to farmers further west of the bridge in moving their farm produces to be sold in Honiara.

Urged, however, by the will to have their produce sold, farmers have had to endure with crossing the flooding river with their baskets and bags to get to the other side.

25 Jan 2010 description

Some parts of Western Province have also been affected by heavy rains, floods, and landslides, police in the province say.

Still recovering from the two major earthquakes a few weeks ago, police in the province reported that Munda, Rendova and Roviana were the three areas that were affected by the latest heavy rain and flooding.

Head of Munda Police Allanson Tiazy confirmed to the Solomon Star that Munda has been hit by flooding over the last few days.

"Flooding has occurred since last week but there are no major damages, only a few food gardens washed away," he …

22 Jan 2010 description

More than 60 people have been evacuated from areas east of Honiara and are now at the Rove Police Club.

Acting Police Commissioner Edmund Sikua says this followed the flooding of those areas as the result of the heavy rain in the past 24 hours.

"Sixty-two people which we evacuated from east of Honiara early this morning are now at the Rove Police Club. We are taking care of them now and we hope other organisations will help us look after them. There is no reports of landslides yet, but our teams are going out.

22 Jan 2010 description

The Royal Solomon Islands Police are mounting up search operations for two children who went missing around the upper Betikama area since yesterday.

Acting Police Commissioner, Edmund Sikua said the two, a one year old and a two years old children as are at large since yesterday.

He said a team comprising members of the participating police and their local colleagues is searching the for children.

22 Jan 2010 description

The National Disaster Management Office has received reports from various part of the country about effects of the recent heavy rain.

Reports have been received from Guadalcanal, Malaita and Isabel.

Landslides have been reported at at Kusumba, Tangarare, west Guadalcanal and a woman has been injured.

Some landslides has been also reported at Avu Avu, south Guadalcanal, threatening the clinic in the area.

Meanwhile, the Poha and Tambo bridges have been partly washed away and not usable by vehicles.

In Babanakira, south Guadalcanal one house has fallen down and 50 houses …

22 Jan 2010 description

The National Disaster Management Office, N-D-M-O, has sent assessment teams to areas affected by the heavy rain and flooding in the past few days.

The Office says areas of interest are those between Poha and Kohimarama on west Guadalcanal.

NDMO says teams will need to do quick run through and assess affected sectors and how far on each side river floods went.

It says priorities for rapid assessment teams are food, water and health.

The National Disaster Council met yesterday to discuss about the emergency following the floods and reports as well as look at the Rendova Recovery …

22 Jan 2010 description

General Situation

A monsoon trough lies over the Solomon Islands and links to a Tropical Depression of 1002 hectapascals relocated near latitude 10.4 degrees south and longitude 160.2 degrees east, approximately 70 nautical miles north of Rennell Island, and 30 nautical miles south of Guadalcanal Island. The system is slow moving.

Forecast for the Provinces

1. Western Province

Rain showers heavy at times with thunderstorms. Moderate to fresh west to northwest winds. Outlook for Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms.

2.

21 Jan 2010 description

FLOOD ADVICE

Flood Advisory Number Three issued by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service at 6:00 am this morning on 21st January 2010.

A flood advice is current for all communities living close to rivers, streams and low lying areas.

Due to the current bad weather conditions caused by the presence of a tropical depression located between Guadalcanal, Rennell & Bellona and Makira, heavy rain at times is expected for the next 24 to 36 hours.

People are advised to take precautionary measures because of possible flooding that will pose danger to lives …