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01 Nov 2017 description

New Zealand and Australia are assisting with the delivery of relief supplies to communities affected by volcanic activity in Solomon Islands.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

30 Oct 2017 description

Severe Weather Event and/ or Natural Hazard: Cyclone Donna & Tinakula Volcanic Ash fall

EVENT:

Tikopia, Anuta and Duff Islands have been experiencing an on-going critical food shortage after Cyclone Donna damaged root crops in early May 2017.

Reef Islands are currently experiencing a critical water shortage due to widespread ash-fall contamination of their water supplies following the minor eruption of Tinakula volcano on Saturday 21st October 2017.

RESPONSE:

30 Mar 2017 description

Executive Summary

Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands, faces a myriad of resilience challenges. Not only is the city already exposed to multiple natural hazards, a changing climate will amplify many of the adverse impacts into the future. At the same time, rapid urbanization - most obviously expressed through the growth of informal settlements in urban and peri-urban areas - is heightening community exposure and sensitivity to a range of climate and non-climate shocks and stresses.

16 May 2016 description
report World Bank

SUBMITTED BY EVAN WASUKA ON FRI, 05/13/2016

With the throttle at full tilt, the boat cut through the surf, spraying salt water into the air.

Around me, the unfolding scenery is breathtaking. White sandy beaches, turquoise blue seas, swaying coconut palms – the textbook image of paradise in the South Pacific.

What more could one ask for in paradise?

Water, is what they will tell you. “They” are the people of Nanngu Village on the island of Santa Cruz in the far east of Solomon Islands.

30 Dec 2015 description

By Navinesh Kumar, IFRC

Nine months since Tropical Cylone Pam swept through the Solomon Islands, the people of Malaita province, situated in the North East of the capital, are still struggling to recover from its impact.

26-year-old Mark Ramotala of the Nineveh community in Malaita, which has a total population of approximately 50 people, said that they are still facing food shortages.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Pacific Community

In April, the Social Club of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea organised a fundraising event to assist some of the most vulnerable Pacific Island communities affected by tropical cyclone Pam.

Through the event, funds were raised through ticket selling, meals and drinks, and brilliant performances from a live band and traditional dances and songs from Vanuatu by Reimama band, SPC singers, and the Bethany Adventist youth choir.

SPC staff, friends and families together managed to raise an outstanding 275,000 XPF (FJD 5500).

21 Jul 2015 description

By Becky Webb, IFRC

Weeks of heavy rain have deluged the Solomon Islands over the last month, affecting an estimated 10,000 people across the country. The rains, which began at the end of June, intensified in early July with the arrival of cyclone Raquel and the prolonged downpours have blocked many roads and access routes and also affected power and communications lines.

20 Jul 2015 description

The National Disaster Management Office in Solomon Islands says it will be a struggle for many to find food over the next few months, after heavy rain ruined crops.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

14 Jul 2015 description

Honiara – 10th July, 2015. After days of heavy rains in the Solomon Islands, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is warning that thousands of people in remote island communities will require emergency assistance. In Choiseul, Isabel, and Western provinces the severe weather has left many homes and buildings damaged and throughout the country many roads and access routes are also flooded.

12 Jul 2015 description

Day of heavy rain have left thousands of people in remote island communities of Solomon Islands in need of emergency assistance.

Initial reports suggest 10,000 people have been affected by severe weather, although these figures are expected to change once full assessments are completed. Solomon Islands Red Cross has relief stocks ready, including tarpaulins, shelter kits and hygiene items.

09 Jul 2015 description

A state of disaster has been declared at the tailings dam of the closed Gold Ridge gold mine in Solomon Islands as unseasonal rains continue to fill the dam to dangerously high levels.

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09 Jul 2015 description

The Solomon Islands government is warning of an increased risk of infectious disease outbreaks following recent heavy rain and strong winds associated with Cyclone Raquel.

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07 Jul 2015 description

One person has been confirmed dead and eight people are missing following last week's freak cyclone in Solomon Islands.

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02 Jul 2015 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam is monitoring Tropical Storm Raquel, which has the potential to see a repeat of the type of flash flooding in the Solomon Islands that caused extensive damage to Honiara last year.

Oxfam's Country Director in the Solomon Islands Abimibola Akinyemi said forecasts showed the storm was expected to travel South-South-West from Isabel province, towards Western Province. Tropical cyclone warnings are current for all Solomon Islands Provinces.

02 Jul 2015 description

Cyclone Raquel is weakening but forecasters are warning flash floods and landslides are still likely for Solomon Islands.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

01 Jul 2015 description

By Becky Webb, IFRC

Concerns are mounting as tropical cyclone Raquel continues to bear down on the Solomon Islands, with coastal communities already facing heavy rains and gale force winds. An official tropical cyclone watch was announced by the countries’ Meteorological Service at 7.30 am on 1 July and communities are now being warned of the potential for thunderstorms, sea swells and coastal flooding.

22 Jun 2015 description

OVERVIEW

The Pacific Region had nine major emergencies between November 2013 and June 2014.The 2014 - 2015 cyclone season has been one of the most active in terms of the number and intensity of cyclones, as well as the length of season. A total of 9 cyclones were observed with five of these having significant humanitarian consequences.

02 Jun 2015 description

(Solomon Islands) - Fast-growing vegetable seeds are being sent to some of the most remote parts of the Solomon Islands, which were badly hit by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The seeds – SBD$3,000 worth of fast-growing Chinese cabbages such as pak choi and tsoi sum – were this month flown to Lata, Temotu’s capital, then shipped to the remote Tikopia and Anuta islands that were badly impacted by the Cyclone.

22 Apr 2015 description

Better preparing Solomon Islanders for future disasters, and building resilience, is an important part of recovery planning, the government has recognised.

Risk-resilient recovery planning is now an official function of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC), which last month formally integrated a disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (RCC) into its annual plan.

02 Apr 2015 description

Communication with the remote island of Tikopia in Solomon Islands' Temotu province is difficult at the best of times.

Audio: Help on the way to cyclone-affected Tikopia (Credit: ABC)

As a result little has been known about how the islanders fared following the impact of Cyclone Pam nearly a month ago.