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.
Rainfall recorded since 11pm to 2am, Honiara to talled 89 mm and Henderson recorded 65mm within 3 hours, This was quite a lot of rain over a period of 3 hours
Increased water level in rivers and most drainage system within Honiara city were compromised and over flooded as a result of the heavy downpour.
Most houses in the Kastom Gaden area and behind Panatina were submerged by flood and water logging
Other parts of Honiara did not report any major impacts
Outcome of Livelihoods Committee 72 hour Assessment Training applied to the recent earthquake, Workshop sponsored by regional WFP VAM Unit and coordinated by the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster. Finalized and endorsed by Livelihoods Committee Vhair on December 16th, 2016.
MAKIRA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
Purpose: To brief Development Partners and Stakeholders on the current situation of the extent of damages caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that affected parts of Makira, Small Malaita and Guadalcanal on 9th December 2016. And the Humanitarian Assistance from the Government and its Disaster Management Stakeholders and Partners.
Disaster Management and Coordination:
MAKIRA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
Purpose: To brief the Development Partners on the extent of damages caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that affected parts of Makira, Small Malaita and Guadalcanal on 9th December 2016.
And the Humanitarian Assistance from the Government and its Disaster Management Stakeholders and Partners
Disaster Management and Coordination:
An undersea strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 occurred at 4:39 am on Friday 9 th December 2016, 62km west southwest of Kirakira, Makira Province, Solomon Islands.
Following this earthquake, tsunami warning was issued for Makira and Temotu, and a Tsunami watch for Malaita, Guadalcanal, Renbel and Isabel. Although aftershocks are still being felt, all warnings and watch advice have now been cancelled and an all clear has being issued.
A very strong undersea earthquake of magnitude 8.0 has occurred at 4:39am this morning near 62km West-South-West of Kirakira, Makira Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands, (Latitude 10.7 degrees South and Longitude 161.4 degrees East).
Shaking was strongly felt in Makira, South of Malaita, North of Guadalcanal and Renbel.
Tsunami observed in Makira
From Epidemiological Weeks 33-46 (15 August to 20 November) 2016
An outbreak of dengue was declared for Honiara and Guadalcanal on 8 October 2016 (Week 40) and expanded to include other provinces on 19 October.
Since August 2016, an unusual increase in dengue-like illness, including the number of NS1 positive cases, has been observed through the National Syndromic Surveillance System of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS).
An outbreak of dengue was declared for Honiara and Guadalcanal on 8 October 2016 and expanded to include other provinces on 19 October.
Since August 2016, an unusual increase in dengue-like illness has been observed through the National Syndromic Surveillance System of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) including the number of positive cases.
An outbreak of dengue has been declared for Honiara and Guadalcanal on 8 October 2016.
We, the Pacific Islands Ministers, gathered in Nadi, Fiji, on 28 October 2015 to deliberate on strengthening climate change resilience through reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH);
• Malaria is a microscopic parasite that can be passed to humans through a mosquito bite.
• The number of mosquitos and spread of malaria are seasonal, and depend on local climate conditions.
• Rainfall plays an important role in creating the conditions that support the spread of malaria.
Disaster risk reduction is a top priority for Solomon Islands, with a working group developing opportunities to help communities become more resilient.
The national Risk Resilient Development working group has been reactivated to
implement an action plan for how climate change and disaster risk management can be better incorporated into government, community and private sector activities. Until the April 2014 floods, the group had been meeting each month.
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.
Submitted by George Herming
A three days workshop which begins on Tuesday this week has highlighted the importance of meteorological services in weather forecasting and climate issues in Solomon Islands.
The workshop was organized by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services which draws participants from a range of government and semi-government organizations who are mostly users of climate services in the country.
The workshop aims to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding to users of climate and weather information in their respective areas of work.
Submitted by George Herming on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:33
The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of states whose Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium has this week responded to the cyclone Pam relief appeal by the government of Vanuatu by sending a humanitarian Mission to Vanuatu.
Submitted by George Herming on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:34
Communities across the Solomon Islands will be better able to construct and maintain their own water systems with the support of 27 newly trained Construction Supervisors from government and non-government organisations in all nine provinces.
When it comes to disasters, climate change and the environment, the Solomon Islands is one of the South Pacific’s most vulnerable countries.
Bridges, schools, clinics, hospitals, fisheries, footpaths and roads, water supplies, sea walls, office complexes, and crops are just a few examples of infrastructure and development subject to risk.
To help combat this, a Risk Resilient Development Toolkit is being developed to help decision-makers factor risk into their planning.
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) is taking a lead role in driving these initiatives.
A three-day forum attracted representatives from government, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), agency, and other partnering groups to address these issues, and discuss ways to help communities become less vulnerable.