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13 Feb 2018 description

Australia and New Zealand have flown emergency aid supplies to Tonga where the clean-up from Cyclone Gita has begun, and as the category-four storm intensifies and heads west towards nearby Fiji.

The Australian Government said it was sending $350,000 worth of emergency supplies to Tonga immediately.

The Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, told ABC Radio Australia's Pacific Beat Program the Royal Australian Air Force was flying the aid to Tonga on Tuesday night.

12 Feb 2018 description

Tens of thousands of people on Tonga's main island are preparing for the worst as Cyclone Gita bears down with category four force.

Bringing destructive winds and storm surges, Gita is expected to start affecting the island Tongatapu, where more than 70,000 people live, on Monday afternoon.

Tonga's National Emergency Management Office said it was still calm in the capital but that was expected to change soon.

"From our end we are alerting people to be prepared," director of Tonga's National Emergency Management Office Leveni Aho said.

13 Feb 2017 description

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, as islands from Papua New Guinea to Samoa experience simultaneous flooding in a "first time" event.

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, causing flooding from Papua New Guinea's east to Samoa.

Parts of the Samoan capital, Apia, have flooded, with authorities advising families living near rivers to move to higher ground.

Mata'afa Keni Lese from the Samoa Observer says it is unusual to see flooding simultaneously across so many parts of the Pacific.

25 Apr 2016 description

Pacific Beat

Samoans are counting the cost of Tropical Cyclone Amos, which hit the country on Saturday night as a category three storm, with some surprised by an inaccurate forecast.

The Pacific nation escaped the worst after Amos sped past the main islands and weakened from a category four system that was earlier predicted to strike the capital, Apia, directly.

But damage has been reported to some roads, and heavy rain has brought flooding, particularly in the east of Suvai'i island.

25 Apr 2016 description

Tropical Cyclone Amos has passed over Samoa at a lower intensity than predicted, however the category three storm has caused flooding and infrastructure damage.

Samoa appears to have emerged largely unscathed by Cyclone Amos, which hit the country overnight as a category three system.

Amos was forecast to directly hit Samoa as a powerful category four system, but it weakened overnight as it approached land.

24 Apr 2016 description

Samoans are counting the cost of Tropical Cyclone Amos, which hit the country on Saturday night as a category three storm, with some surprised by an inaccurate forecast.

The Pacific nation escaped the worst after Amos sped past the main islands and weakened from a category four system that was earlier predicted to strike the capital, Apia, directly.

But damage has been reported to some roads, and heavy rain has brought flooding, particularly in the east of Suvai'i island.

31 Dec 2015 description

Residents in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu are cleaning up after gale-force winds and pounding rain uprooted trees, ripped off roofs and reportedly left about 40 homes damaged.

Elsewhere in the South Pacific, other countries are facing extreme weather with the development of category one Cyclone Ula, located on Thursday morning (local time) north of Samoa and moving south-westerly.

Another low pressure system in the North Pacific near Marshall Islands is also threatening to intensify.

07 Jul 2015 description

Anna Salleh
ABC

It would cost billions to replace buildings like houses, schools, airports and power stations, which are currently at risk in the South Pacific from rising seas and other climate-change related events, say researchers.

The article, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change has analysed the vulnerability of 12 Pacific island countries to such hazards.

28 Aug 2014 description

Samoa's prime minister has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations for more help to cope with climate change and he has called on Australia, to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way.

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12 Aug 2014 description

Samoa's Ministry of Health says nearly 100 people have now been affected by a mystery virus.

Samoa's Ministry of Health says nearly 100 people have now been affected by a mystery virus.

Two people have also died from but authorities still aren't exactly sure what the virus is.

Samoan Ministry of Health's Dr Saaine Vaai told Pacific Beat patients are showing signs of two separate illnesses.

"Well initially we thought we were seeing acute fever and rash, which is one of the things we do look for," she said.

05 Mar 2014 description

The World Health Organisation is reporting that dengue fever is being detected for the first time in more and more countries across the Asia Pacific region.

23 Oct 2013 description

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The World Bank is providing electronic vouchers to Samoan farmers affected by Cyclone Evan to help them recover.

The World Bank is providing electronic vouchers to Samoan farmers affected by Cyclone Evan that struck the country last year.

15 Aug 2013 description

Food Security and building resiliance to climate change has become a major concern for national governments across the Pacific.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, USAID and the governments are working on a comprehensive food security program looking a fisheries, forestry, agriculture public health and much more.

Vuki Buadromo - is managing a Project about Food security and climate change which will cover six Pacific nations.

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts

26 Jun 2013 description

This week across the region some island nations have been experiencing unexpected high tides.

In Fiji there have been reports of water running across the roads and affecting hotels and villages along the Coral Coast. As well last night residents of Majuro in the Marshall Islands were preparing for a high tide after big swells earlier this week inundated the southern side of the atoll, reportedly generating waves of up to two metres, and Samoa has also been hit.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Neville Koop, SPREP's meteorology and climate advisor

30 Apr 2013 description

Australia and Samoa have signed an aid agreement to help in construction efforts from a cyclone that ripped through the Pacific nation last year.

Australia and Samoa have signed an aid agreement to help in construction efforts from a cyclone that ripped through the Pacific nation last year.

The donation of almost AU$7 million (US$7.25 million) will be used to help rebuild schools and medical facilities in Samoa damaged by Cyclone Evan in December.

It is estimated the cyclone caused AU$200 million (US$207 million) worth of damage.

13 Mar 2013 description

The World Bank says it will provide Samoa with an extra USD $20 million to help it recover from Cyclone Evan.

Evan struck in December 2012 and killed five people, displaced about 4000 and damaged or destroyed hundreds of houses.

The cyclone also damaged transport infrastructure, energy plants, tourism facilities and crops.

The World Bank's Franz Drees-Grosse told Radio Australia a damage assessment they did in conjunction with Samoa's government in January showed the economic impact of the disaster was enormous.

09 Jan 2013 description

Samoa's Water Authority says all its customers have now been reconnected to the water supply following last month's devastating cyclone.

Samoa's Water Authority says all its customers have now been reconnected to the water supply following last month's devastating cyclone.

Cyclone Evan damaged parts of the country's water supply system, especially on the main island of Upolu.

07 Jan 2013 description

An Australian nongovernment organisation that sends aid to the Pacific is surprised its appeal for aid to help cyclone victims in Fiji and Samoa isn't going as well as expected.

Listen: Aid NGO unsure why cyclone appeal is going so slowly (Credit: ABC)

04 Jan 2013 description

Updated 4 January 2013, 15:16 AEST

Samoan farmers are being urged to replant fallen fruit trees rather than simply cut them up for firewood.

The NGO Women in Business is offering advice on the best way to save tree cuttings from plants blown down in Cyclone Evan.

But they're warning that the cuttings need to be replanted within the next couple of weeks, before the plants die.

Pule Toleafoa, project officer with Women in Business, explains that Samoa needs to get its food trees back up as soon as possible, to avoid food shortages.