Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Masakazu Hamachi, will sign the exchange of notes for the Pacific Climate Change Centre Project under Japan’s Grant Aid Assistance today.
The estimated cost of the project is $23,000,000 (US$8.7 million).
Destruction left behind by Tropical Cyclone Winston in Vava'u last night has exceeded damages caused by Tropical Cyclone Ula last month, reports Radio & TV Tonga News.
The agriculture sector in the outer islands of Vava’u, Ha’apai and Niuas bore the brunt of the Tropical Cyclone Winston.
In Vava'u, over 80 percent of homes were partially damaged from the heavy rain.
By Pita Ligaiula in Niue
The United States today announced a US$5 million climate change project for the Pacific in the next five years.
The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Fiji, Judith Beth Cefkin at the Pacific Community (SPC) Conference underway in Alofi.
“The US is very committed to work with fellow members of the Pacific Community to increase resilience of the peoples of the Pacific particularly adapting to and mitigating global climate change and promoting sustainable inclusive economic development
At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
More than a hundred clinically diagnosed cases of dengue fever have been recorded in Samoa in just over a month.
Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, the Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, said the fact that 121 cases of dengue have been found is a warning.
He declared that there is an outbreak of dengue fever and cautioned members of the public. “Five of eight blood samples tested confirmed DENV serotype 3,” he explained.
“Since mid June, there has been a cumulative total of 121 dengue like illness (DLI) cases recorded.
By PACNEWS Editor, Makereta Komai in Samoa
Early lessons gained from a regional project to strengthen the link between National Meteorological Service and the communities indicate the need to communicate weather information and how it impacts the population in a simple and timely manner.
Part of the strategy is to allow people at the community level to take ownership of the information and empower their people to make choices that will protect them in any extreme weather event.
By PACNEWS Editor Makereta Komai in Samoa
Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been challenged to priorities investment in their meteorology and climate services because the end profit saves lives and properties.
That’s the advice of Cuba’s Weather Forecasting Services director, Dr Jose Rubeira, whose 20 years experience and strategies have saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in economic losses.
By Online Editor 10:24 pm GMT+12, 26/08/2014, Samoa
The United States of America Army Reserves are assisting Samoa’s health sector to combat the chikungunya epidemic sweeping the country.
This help comes as the Ministry of Health’s C.E.O, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri reports that 269 cases of the virus have been detected.
“(The) U.S. Army Reserve (U.S.A.R.) (is) assisting with clinical and port health response,” he said. “(They) are based at Faleolo Health Centre.”
Samoa's Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health Leausa Dr. Take Naseri confirmed that Samoa is now facing an outbreak of the Chickungunya virus and the public is cautioned to join the national campaign in reducing breeding sites for mosquitos, the carriers of the virus.
Last Saturday the Ministry received the results of the 20 suspected cases sent to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea for testing.
“Of the 20 specimens tested, 08 came back positive and 14 negative,” Leausa said in a press conference.
By Online Editor
6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia
Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa
Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.