Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands - Cyclone Zoe OCHA Situation Report No. 6

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Posted
Originally published
Ref. OCHA/GVA - 2003/0023
OCHA Situation Report No. 6
Solomon Islands - Cyclone Zoe
27 January 2003

This situation report is based on an assessment report provided by the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), through the office of the OCHA Regional Disaster Response Adviser for the Pacific.

Event and Impact

1. From 28 to 29 December 2002, Cyclone Zoe with winds gusting up to 340 km/h passed over the eastern part of the Solomon Islands, hitting the islands of Tikopia (population: 1,446) and Anuta (population: 232). According to the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre at Brisbane, Zoe was the most intense cyclone to affect the Southwest Pacific Region since reliable satellite data was available. Thanks to the population's well-developed traditional mechanisms to cope with extreme natural hazards, there was no casualty. However, the cyclone caused serious damage to housing, agriculture, water supply and the natural environment of the two islands.

2. In Tikopia island, more than 200 houses, about two-thirds of the total, were completely destroyed or severely damaged. Five churches and two schools were destroyed or sustained major damage. Agricultural productivity has been completely wiped out by the strong winds and flooding as well as serious erosion of the topsoil layer. All local food sources except for the fringing reef have been destroyed and there are almost no stocks remaining. One of the two gravity-fed water supply system suffered damage to its dam and its 9,000 litre tank, and complete loss of all pipe-work and standpipes.

3. In Anuta island, out of 75 houses, four were badly damaged and 24 sufffered minor damage. Most of the swamp taro has been damaged and up to 70 % of crops has been destroyed, but the island has not suffered from the same erosion as Tikopia. There was only two-week stock of food. Water system suffered some damage.

National and International response

4. The two teams dispatched by the Central Control Group (CCG) conducted a comprehensive assessment of the impact of Cyclone Zoe on Tikopia and Anuta from 5 to 9 January 2003. The teams also provided medical assistance and relief work to the affected people.

5. The Government of the Solomon Islands has allocated USD 27,000 for the purchase of medical supplies, mosquito nets, base station HF radios and water supply materials as well as logistics.

6. Updates on contributions from the international community to this disaster are found by clicking on Financial Tracking at the top of the page for this disaster on the OCHA Internet Website (http://www.reliefweb.int). Donors are requested to verify this table and inform OCHA Geneva of corrections/additions/values. Donors are encouraged to notify OCHA Geneva of their contributions to this disaster using the OCHA Standardized Contributions Recording Format, available electronically in the above mentioned Financial Tracking Website.

Highest priority needs for relief

7. The assessment teams of CCG recommended that the highest priority needs for further relief be as follows:

Term
Sector
Needs
Islands
Immediate
Food
Nutritionally balanced food on a continuous basis
Tikopia Anuta
Immediate
Housing
Sufficient bush building materials such as sago palm leaves to rebuild 220 houses and to repair 50 (USD 74,000)
Tikopia Anuta
Immediate
Repair
2 chainsaws, ancillary/spares packs and frames (USD 2,700 each)
Tikopia Anuta
Immediate
Health
Mosquito bednets for the entire population (1,678)
Tikopia Anuta
Immediate
Shelter
Tarpaulins (rather than plastic sheeting) for shelter materials
Tikopia Anuta
Up to 1 month
Water
Restoration of the existing water supply systems
Tikopia
Up to 1 month
Agriculture
Planting materials and gardening tools
Tikopia
Up to 1 month
Health
Rehabilitation of the clinic and staff quarters
Tikopia
1 to 3 months
Productivity
An adviser on the recovery of community productivity through agriculture and fisheries
Tikopia
1 to 3 months
Health
More training to the existing health worker;
A registered nurse
Anuta
1 to 3 months
Education
Rebuilding of schools and re-establishment of primary education
Tikopia Anuta
1 to 3 months
Health
Reestablishment of primary healthcare services such as immunisation, maternal and infant healthcare and routine disease surveillance
Tikopia Anuta
1 to 3 months
Health
A regular maintenance programme for the clinics and their HF radios.
Tikopia Anuta

8. This situation report, together with information on other ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

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