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15 Sep 2015 description

American Samoa's Power Authority says if the dry spell continues it will ask the Governor to declare a state of emergency.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

31 Dec 2014 description

Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

30 Nov 2012 description

Food, Water and Livelihoods in Pacific Islands under Increasing Threat from Climate Change

Invasive Species, Waste, and Extreme Weather Events among Key Challenges

Doha (Qatar), 4 December 2012 – Island communities in the Pacific Ocean are facing unprecedented challenges to their economies and environment from the impacts of climate change, according to a new report released at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

14 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: To reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies, by effectively using national, regional and international Red Cross and Red Crescent capacities and resources.

Programme summary: This annual report is a summary of key achievements of the seven individual plans implemented by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) under its disaster management global programme.

Financial situation: The total …

22 Dec 2009 description

2009 marked a year of new opportunities for UMCOR to open doors with new offices, new resources, new opportunities for disaster trainings, and a new birthing kit added to UMCOR's relief supplies.

02 Dec 2009 description
report American Red Cross

American Red Cross also part of the Hewlett-Packard Company's Create Change campaign

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - The Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation has contributed more than $1 million this year to help fund American Red Cross disaster response.

The largest contribution, $350,000, was given to help Philippine communities affected by typhoons in September and October.

08 Oct 2009 description

By Liz O'Neill

In little more than one week, a series of horrific natural disasters has carved a swath of destruction from the tiny island of Samoa west to a massive section of southern India. The storms, earthquakes and monsoon rains have killed hundreds and left millions homeless.

Catholic Relief Services has increased commitments to deliver immediate and long-term aid to thousands of survivors.

"It's hard for us to comprehend these major disasters occurring in just a few days," says CRS President Ken Hackett.

08 Oct 2009 description
report World Vision
  • 11 days of disaster alerts highlight risks from quakes, floods, typhoons, tsunamis and volcanoes

    - Convergence of migration into danger zones and climate change are increasing threats

    BANGKOK: Today's massive quakes off the coasts of the Philippines and the Solomon Islands - coming on the back of a string of typhoons, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis - have shown how hundreds of millions of people living in the Asia-Pacific are at risk from major catastrophes.

    The latest quakes measuring 7.8 and 7.3 struck this morning (Oct 8) between Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands …

08 Oct 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Katherine Baldwin

When earthquakes struck beneath the South Pacific ocean on Thursday, islanders fled to high ground, fearing a repeat of last week's devastating tsunamis that killed some 150 people on Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

Three subsea quakes, measuring 7.8, 7 and 7.3 on the Richter scale, were registered beneath the seas between Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, but the waves only trickled in.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre had issued widespread alerts to the island resorts, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, and Hawaii and the Philippines were …

07 Oct 2009 description

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr., Staff Writer

Washington - The United States continues to provide a range of humanitarian assistance across East Asia and the Pacific following a tsunami, earthquakes, typhoons, flooding from torrential rains and mud-soaked landslides.

Through direct support and through international relief agencies like the Red Cross, the United States is providing emergency relief funds; disaster response teams; U.S.

06 Oct 2009 description
report Direct Relief

Asia Emergency Response Summary

Direct Relief's emergency-response efforts are aimed at bringing resources-either directly or in coordination with other international nongovernmental organizations-to the support local groups, whose community knowledge and standing provide the best insight, access, and quickest action.

Philippines: Flooding, Displacement from Typhoon Ketsana

Typhoon Ketsana's landfall on Saturday, September 26, 2009, unleashed the worst storm in 40 years, causing severe flooding in Manila and the surrounding six provinces, killing more than 300 people.

05 Oct 2009 description

Rosemarie North, IFRC, in Samoa

On 29 September, an 8.3 magnitude earthquake, followed by tsunamis, struck Samoa, Tonga and American Samoa, leaving tens of thousands in search of humanitarian assistance. The Samoa Red Cross and its volunteers issued warnings to leave low-lying areas and have since been providing life-saving shelter and other support.

05 Oct 2009 description
report American Red Cross

World's largest humanitarian network pulls together with response

WASHINGTON, Monday, October 05, 2009 - As humanitarian workers in the Asia Pacific transition from disaster relief to recovery efforts, the needs of local communities after devastating earthquakes, a typhoon and a tsunami are becoming apparent.

05 Oct 2009 description
report British Red Cross

The British Red Cross has launched the Samoa Tsunami Appeal to help thousands of people in urgent need of emergency aid after a devastating tsunami, which hit on 29 September.

02 Oct 2009 description
report British Red Cross
  • British Red Cross emergency response team on way to Padang, Indonesia

    - British Red Cross appeal raises quarter of a million in 24 hours

    - New 'super typhoon' set to hit Philippines tonight

    - To donate go to www.redcross.org.uk/asiapacific or 0845 054 7201

    As the Philippines braces itself for an approaching 'super typhoon', people in the UK have shown overwhelming support by donating =A3250,000 in just 24 hours to a British Red Cross Appeal to help …

02 Oct 2009 description

Foreign Minister Yves Leterme has expressed his solidarity with the people of the Philippines, the Samoan islands, Tonga and Vietnam following the natural disasters that have hit the population of the area. On behalf of the Belgian government, Minister Leterme extends his condolences to the families of the victims and shares the concern of many Belgians about the fate of the injured and all those who have lost their home or possessions.

Accordingly, Minister Leterme has decided to release a sum of €300,000 from the Foreign Affairs emergency aid budget to help victims in the region.

02 Oct 2009 description

Le Ministre des Affaires étrangères Yves Leterme a exprimé sa sympathie aux populations des Philippines, d'Indonésie, des îles Samoa, de Tonga et du Vietnam touchées par différentes catastrophes naturelles. Au nom du gouvernement belge, le Ministre présente ses condoléances aux familles des victimes.

02 Oct 2009 description

GLIDE n=B0 TS-2009-000209-ASM and TS-2009-000210-WSM

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

Period covered by this update: 28 September to 2 October, 2009.