Warmer temperatures and increased rainfall can pose threats to our livelihoods and health by impacting the quality of water we drink, the food we consume, and the weather we experience.
But there are also vector-borne diseases (carried by mosquitoes and other insects), and water-borne bacteria and viruses, that become prevalent during periods of high and low rainfall, which pose great health risks to local populations. For example, increased risks of contracting dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, and other diseases.
The Solomon Islands' southern provinces are being drenched by heavy rain this morning as Cyclone Liua continues to linger nearby.
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Cyclone Liua is the first cyclone to form in the south-west Pacific in the month of September for nearly 70 years.
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The National Perceptions Survey on Peacebuilding for Solomon Islands provides a fresh insight into people’s perceptions of peacebuilding immediately after the withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), and in the wake of recent efforts through the UN supported peacebuilding programme.
Patrick Pringle, Climate Analytics, Samoa
AT A GLANCE
Against the backdrop of intensifying climate and disaster risk, the Solomon Islands is building resilience at the community level through the Community Resilience to Climate and Disaster Risk in Solomon Islands Project (CRISP) project.
NATURAL HAZARDS AMPLIFIED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
by Olivia Warrick, Climate Centre, New Zealand
The Climate Centre is working with Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to boost the capacity of the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services (SIMS) to monitor and communicate on drought through an “early-action rainfall watch”, including seasonal outlooks.
Eleven years after a local tsunami, caused by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake, devastated Simbo Island in the Western Province, an evacuation drill was conducted in the schools to test their tsunami preparedness.
A total of 370 school children, 23 teachers and community observers benefited from the drill with improved tsunami preparedness and a new evacuation route. New hazard maps and tsunami signage were developed to help islanders to locate safe areas.
An archipelago of over 990 small islands, covering around 27,000 square kilometres, the Solomon Islands boasts rich cultural diversity and an array of terrain, species and natural resources.
In many ways, it is an island paradise. Yet, like other small island developing states around the world, the nation faces a range of specific development challenges, now complicated by the emerging adverse impacts of climate change: rising sea levels, more variable and unpredictable rainfall, and more intense extreme weather events.
Choiseul, Solomon Islands, 19 March 2018 – Considering that 98% of Solomon Islands’ total surface area is covered with water, it can be hard to comprehend just how little fresh water the country has. Communities like Vudutaru, in northwest Choiseul, and Lokalaji, in the province’s south, were all too familiar with problems associated with a lack of fresh water.
- Tropical Cyclone LINDA formed over Coral Sea (south of Solomon Island) on 12 March and started moving south, strengthening. On 13 March at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 500 km north-west of Panan city (Pott island, New Caledonia) and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
- Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to move south-west between the eastern coast of Queensland (Australia) and New Caledonia, slightly strengthening.
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Potable water projects vastly improve the health and economic output of remote villages in the Solomon Islands
The infrastructure projects are part of the Solomon Islands Rural Development Program that improves access to basic services
Residents themselves take ownership over the projects as part of the program’s emphasis on community-driven development
On Thursday 01 March heavy rain caused localized flooding across Honiara province. Flood waters affected many low-lying areas of Honiara and caused significant disruption to the transport network. Significant flooding was reported in 18 villages in East Honiara, Panatina ward. A provincial level response was activated and an initial damage assessment (IDA) was conducted within the affected villages.
Disaster assessments are underway in the Solomon Islands capital after a freak storm on Wednesday night caused flash flooding.
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By Andy McElroy
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, 2 March 2018 – Less than 24 hours after Honiara launched a major review of its disaster resilience planning, heavy rain and flash floods provided an immediate test of the city’s preparedness.
Honiara Mayor Andrew Leonard Mua OBE activated the Emergency Operations Centre as water cascaded down from the highlands above the city, flooding storm water drains, creeks and several roads.