Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #6, 22-28 April 2014

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  • Three weeks after torrential rain and river overflow in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement on 3 and 5 April 2014, destruction or serious damage has been widespread to families, residential and business communities, farming and other livelihoods, and to infrastructure, including water sources, and schools

  • Out of the nearly 11,000 original persons displaced from their homes, approximately 8,500 displaced people remain in 14 evacuation centres in Honiara and Guadalcanal, Province (GP).

  • Water trucking continues in Honiara, but an estimated 60% of people in affected areas of Guadalcanal have no access to clean water.

  • Guadalcanal Province Health Department’s assessment results: 10% of communities with clean water; 28% with functional toilet; 4% with adequate food; 29% of births attended by skilled staff

  • Reporting from the National Referral Hospital show a sharp increase in diarrhoea (case load doubling each of the last two weeks) (WHO SitRep 4, 24 April)

  • A large scale nutrition screening of children under age five is planned, along with immunization against measles, rubella and polio, and distribution of Vitamin A and de-worming tablets.

  • 60 out of 196 primary and secondary schools and 25 out of 88 ECCE centres were damaged by the flooding, another seven schools are still being used as evacuation centres; another seven need cleaning and rehabilitation after departure of displaced persons.

  • OCHA has approved funds for the Government to pay for food distribution at evacuation centres and school feeding.

  • The Humanitarian Action Plan includes both relief and early recovery work its initial estimate is for USD 24 million for 68 activities across seven clusters, of which about USD 21 million is funded.

  • CERF proposal has been drafted for health and nutrition, WASH and protection activities.