Marshall Islands/Kiribati: King Tides - Mar 2014
On 3 Mar 2014, tidal surges during the morning and afternoon high tides caused inundation to communities on low-lying atolls of the Marshal Islands. Waves washed over shorelines, sending water, rubbish and debris across roads and properties. There are no reports of fatalities or serious injuries. The Government declared a state of emergency, set up an Emergency Operations Centre and has been holding National Disaster Committee meetings with humanitarian partners. (OCHA, 4 Mar 2014)
In Majuro, a total of 70 homes were damaged to varying degrees, from complete destruction to minor damage. The total number of evacuees peaked at 940; by 7 Mar, 160 people were still displaced and had been relocated to churches in Uliga and Rita. The outer islands of Mili, Maloelap, Kili and Wotje were also affected, with severe impacts to Arno. Tinak Health Centre was completely destroyed, and Malel and Kilange Health Centres are low on medical supplies. Most breadfruit, pandanus and banana trees have been destroyed, and shops have lost all food stock. Many household water catchments are damaged and community tanks contaminated. Around 80 per cent of sanitation facilities are affected, with sewage reported in some locations. (OCHA, 7 Mar 2014)
The tidal surges also caused damage to five islands in Kiribati. Most of the impact is to Marakei Atoll (population 2,872), with approximately 44 homes damaged and evacuees sheltering in community halls. There is also damage to sea walls and causeways on the main island, Tarawa. Access to clean drinking water is a key concern as groundwater sources have been contaminated. The Government has requested the support of Kiribati Red Cross Society in carrying out initial damage assessments. A state of emergency and international assistance will be decided once assessments are complete. (OCHA, 7 Mar 2014)
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The Pacific Region had nine major emergencies between November 2013 and June 2014.The 2014 - 2015 cyclone season has been one of the most active in terms of the number and intensity of cyclones, as well as the length of season. A total of 9 cyclones were observed with five of these having significant humanitarian consequences.
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.
The Pacific Region had five major emergencies in the 2013-2014 cyclone season. There were two severe cyclone events, one in Palau and the other in Tonga. A third cyclone is Vanuatu, caused a high loss of life across affected communities despite its reduced intensity. There was flash flooding in the Solomon Islands from a tropical depression and king tides in the Marshall Islands. This snapshot provides brief overview key statistics of the season
• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.
• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.
• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.
• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.
Kiribati is facing stark choices with its overcrowded and under-nourished Tarawa Atoll, and says it is still finding its way through a climate change minefield, as rising sea levels and land erosion threaten its population.
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The Cartagena Dialogue climate talks have wrapped up in Majuro, with optimism that world leaders will work together towards new climate objectives in lieu of the UN Climate Summit in New York this September.
Holding talks in a place like Marshall Islands allows delegates to see for themselves the damaging effects of rising sea levels.
Just three weeks ago Marshall Islands was hit by its worst king tides in more than 30 years, the capital Majuro was flooded for the third time in the last 12 months. .
Not ideal preparation, but perhaps more than appropriate as the country prepares to host the latest meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action.
There are 10 confirmed fatalities and 2 people missing after TC Lusi (Cat 2) affected Vanuatu between 10 and 13 Mar. Six people have serious injuries and an estimated 20,000 people affected to varying degrees across Torba, Sanma, Penama, Malampa and Shefa Province. Initial reports indicate 38 houses damaged with 112 people displaced, and three classrooms and two churches destroyed. Many coastal and low lying communities were flooded and ground-water sources contaminated.
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Torrential rains have caused flooding in Bougainville. An emergency response is underway led by the National and Provincial Disaster Centres and supported by international agencies. The approximate number of people affected is 2,500 people, subject to change based on information derived from the aerial assessment, which took place on 7-8 Mar.
Source: NDC and OCHA
The Republic of the Marshall Islands was hit by devastating King Tides earlier this week as it prepares to host the next meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action, a unique coalition of developed and developing countries working to secure an ambitious global climate treaty in 2015.
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President Loeak and First Lady Lieom Anono Loeak, were joined by Cabinet Members, Minister Phillip Muller, Minister Hilda C. Heine, and Minister Michael Konelios, in delivering food and water supplies to families who were affected by the King Tides that struck the northeast parts of the Capital, Majuro, on the early morning hours of Monday, March 3, 2014.
Hundreds of people in the Marshall Islands' capital of Majuro who sought temporary shelter after severe flooding have now returned home.
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King tides have contaminated water supplies, destroyed crops and infrastructure in low-lying islands.
Four days after kings tides hit the low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati authorities say one of their biggest challenges is getting clean water to affected communities.
The king tides caused widespread inundation on at least five islands and hundreds of people are living in temporary accommodation.
A state of emergency has been declared in Marshall Islands due to king tides which have inundated communities living on low-lying attols.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, regional office for the Pacific says waves washed over shorelines, sending water, rubbish and debris across roads and properties.
There are no reports of fatalities or serious injuries, however a state of emergency has been declared.
Preliminary assessments in the capital Majuro show 69 homes have been damaged.