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.
Read more on the Radio New Zealand International
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.
Disaster authorities in Solomon Islands are urging people to take precautions as widespread flooding grips the capital.
Read more on the Radio New Zealand International
Severe weather update and Tropical low advice still in force for the Solomon Islands
Chances of cyclone developing downgraded to low
Reported wind damage to houses in Malaita, Renbel, Isabel, and Makira provinces
Reported flood damage to food gardens in Malaita, Renbel, Isabel, and Makira provinces
Priority Provinces are Renbel, Makira, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and Isabel
1. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Authorities in Solomon Islands are trying to ascertain the extent of damage after flooding across Guadalcanal this week.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International
B. Situation Overview
A trough lies over Solomon Islands and links to a weak Low located south of Rennell Island. The Low is expected to move towards the southeast. As a result a heavy rain alert was issued starting Wednesday 29th November but later updated into a heavy rain warning.
The current system is still around and is pexected to ease by Thursday as the low moves further away from the country.
NATIONAL SITUATION REPORT 05
Event: Tinakula Volcanic Eruption
Date of Issue: Monday 6th November 2017
Time of Issue: 18:30 pm
Approved by: N-DOC Chair
Issued By: SLB NEOC
Next Update: Friday 10th November 2017
Sitrep Ref: SR061117005
Volcanic asessment on Tinakula indicated a decrease in the volcanic tremor and explosion