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).
Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), met with H.E. Gordon Darcy Lilo, the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, to consolidate the long-term partnership which exists between SPC and the Solomon Islands.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community's (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division through the Disaster Reduction Programme is committed to working with officials and communities around the Pacific to strengthen the ability of countries to protect people as much as possible from the impact of natural and manmade disasters.
IN THIS ISSUE:
1 . Assessing the damage after floods in the Solomon Islands
2 . Tropical Cyclone Ian hits Tonga
Increased interoperability between emergency response agencies
Thousands of Solomon Islanders are still suffering the effects of the severe floods that struck in early April, resulting in loss of life and destroying homes and crops. The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office is helping families to clean up and replant while they continue to receive food supplies from the Government and various agencies. These arrangements will remain in place until families are able to harvest their first crops.
Participants in the Youth@Work initiative in Solomon Islands are assisting with disaster relief following the recent flooding in Honiara and around Guadalcanal.
Organised in community groups and focusing on the hardest hit areas, young people are cleaning up, fixing water supplies and providing community service to help recover from what is being called the worst disaster in the country’s recent history.
Staff of SPC's Solomon Islands Country Office were saddened to witness the human tragedy of the recent floods. The loss of life when the Mataniko and other rivers burst their banks and the old Mataniko bridge collapsed highlighted the plight of poor squatters with little choice but to occupy land that regularly floods.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), working in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, recently inked a deal to further assist climate change adaptation in Solomon Islands.
The deal provides additional resource allocations from both USAID and GIZ to the existing Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICHAP). Choiseul province, north-west of the country’s capital Honiara on Guadalcanal, supports a population of more than 26,000 inhabitants.
The new Western Province Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) was officially opened at Gizo on Friday 18 October 2013. Construction of the new EOC was made possible through funding from the European Union under the Disaster Risk Reduction Project (B-Envelope) implemented by the Applied Geoscience & Technology Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in Fiji.