Fiji: Floods - Mar 2012
Torrential rains caused by Tropical Depression TD17F caused widespread flooding on 30 Mar 2012 in particularly the Western Division of Fiji. The floods killed four people and temporarily displaced 15,000 people, causing damages to infrastructure, schools, homes, businesses and agriculture. With power and electricity disrupted for days, at least 150,000 people were affected. A State of Natural Disaster was declared for parts of the west of Fiji. (UN Country Team, 18 Apr 2012).
After more than 5 years of living in temporary housing, the community of Tukuraki in the highlands of Fiji are today celebrating as they move into their newly built, disaster resilient village. The Tukuraki community was devastated in 2012 as a landslide buried 80% of their village and tragically took the lives of a young family including a toddler and young baby.
This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.
Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:
Because the risk of violence against women and girls increases in the aftermath of a disaster, UN Women is supporting training for first responders and disaster-risk-reduction planners in Fiji to prevent, recognize and address violence in emergencies across the Pacific.
Date : 20 November 2014
This document is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries. In the wake of two major flood events and a cyclone occurring between January and December 2012, we conducted a state-of-the-science assessment of disaster risk reduction for flooding in the Ba and Penang River catchments in Viti Levu, Fiji to identify the most cost-effective management options for communities and households.
By Andy McElroy
GENEVA, 19 July 2013 - The leader of Fiji’s disaster-hit Western Division has pledged to forge an integrated cross-sectoral strategy to achieve a safer and more resilient future.
Western Division Commissioner Mr Joeli Cawaki and his team of technical experts told the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Ms Margareta Wahlström, that integrated planning and action was vital after being hit by two serious floods and a major cyclone in 2012.
A ‘Get Ready Disasters Happen’ campaign has been jointly launched by the Ministry for Health, Ministry for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and UNICEF to inform and encourage people for disaster preparedness.
The Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management permanent secretary, Filipe Alifereti said the objective of the Get Ready Disasters Happen campaign is to promote key messages in order to strengthen communication with families and at the community level in support of disaster preparedness and response.
MATTERS OF FACT
· First time that Cash-for-Work (CFW) implemented in Fiji.
· 1,209 Recipients of Cash-for-Work progarmme (74% women).
· 20-Day work generated for 343 individuals in Rakiraki and 10-Day work generated for 865 individuals in Nadi.
· 168 participants (68% Women) received Agriculture training and 177 participants (84% Women) received financial literacy training.
· 14 communities out of 29 communities established a small-scale community oriented farming ventures after the programme.
The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWO/ BUD/2013/01000
1 . CONTEXT
Updated 25 October 2012, 12:35 AEST
How fast can a community rebuild from a disaster? Six months have passed since Fiji was devastated by floods, and three years since Samoa was hit by a tsunami.
This week, UN experts are visiting both countries to assess building efforts.
Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
By Catherine Wilson
BRISBANE, Australia, Oct 1 2012 (IPS) - Climate activist Wanita Limpus, from the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific Ocean, says the outcome of the Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in June was a serious letdown for small, developing island states.
Half of the 10 million people of the Pacific islands reside within 1.5 km of the coastline, and Limpus stressed that climate change and rising sea levels were not a prediction but a reality threatening human security now.
31 August 2012
This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2012.
Reports of peace from Afghanistan
Caritas staff Tara D’Sousa and Nick Borthwick recently visited Bamyan province in Afghanistan, where Caritas supports an education and rural development programme. Despite recent violence in northeast Bamyan, Tara and Nick say their biggest impression of the areas they visited (Shaidan Valley and Yakawlang) was one of peacefulness and harmony. ‘People are just going about their daily lives and making the most of their opportunities,’ says Nick.
A project has started to help people complete their recovery from the floods that hit Fiji's Western districts in March.
It will provide a temporary source of cash income in exchange for work.
The people eligible for the support were identified in a survey by UN Women and it will be run by the UNDP.
In this issue
Protection Cluster Focus P.1
Vanuatu Humanitarian Team P.1
Transformative Agenda P.2
Fiji Floods – Lessons Learned P.3
Climate and Emergency Update P.5
Protection Cluster Focus: increased awareness
The Prime Minister’s flood appeal account this morning received a boost of more than $70,000.
Presenting a cheque of $18,000 to PM Bainimarama was the Chief Executive Officer for Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Carpenters Fiji Limited Director Retail and Marketing, Kunaseelam Sabratnam.
The $18,000 was part of a joint flood appeal by FBC and Carpenters Fiji Limited.
The second donation received by the Prime Minister this morning was from the Westpac Banking Corporation who donated $50,000.
Fiji’s High Commission in Australia has linked up with the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in an effort to raise funds for Fiji’s Flood Relief Appeal.
Fiji and India share special ties and it remains strong after the Indian Government today donated over FJD $360,425 for the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commended the Indian Government for the substantial donation, which he said the people of Fiji and especially those affected by the floods are grateful for.
“We are grateful for the considerable donation and it is very kind indeed for the Indian Government to assist those affected by the floods,” the head of Government told the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Vinod Kumar.
Assistance for those affected by the floods that struck much of the Western Division and parts of the Central Division continues to grow support.
Today the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) handed over a cheque of $4,000 towards the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund to the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
The Attorney General said that while a large number of people were affected by the floods, rehabilitation works is still continuing in most of these parts.
Fiji may have lost the rugby Test match with Scotland, but there was much to be gained from the visit by the Scots when $15,000 was raised to help flood victims of the Western Division.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night participated in an auction hosted by the Fiji Rugby Union to raise funds for the Prime Minister's Flood Relief Fund.
The function was attended by both the Scottish team and the Flying Fijians.
Hard Rock Café President, Mr Ken Shimizu and the Managing Director, Mr. Masaharu Oka on Thursday, 7 May 2012 donated ¥1,000,000 to the Fiji Embassy in Tokyo towards Fiji flood victims.
The company was encouraged to assist in recognition and appreciation of Fiji’s assistance to students from the Tohuku region who were badly affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami.