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satellite image of flood affected areas in the Solomon islands

The International Charter: Space and Major Disaster was activated on 5 April by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN ESCAP and UN OCHA in the Solomon Islands due to heavy rainfall which caused flash flooding.

Most affected is the area of the Capital, city of Honaira, where thousands of people are displaced, 19 have been killed and almost 30 are still missing. The 48 hours heavy rainfall caused the rivers around the capital to burst their banks, destroying important infrastructure points – bridges and main roads.

The tropical storm left... read more

Publishing Date: 09/04/2014
Landsat-7 satellite image of Solomon Islands.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is implementing a project to forecast tide and sea-levels in Kosrae, Solomon Islands. Forecasts are based on the data from a new water level sensor funded by the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project.

SPREP specifiies on their website: "The instrument records the sea level every ten minutes and sends it via satellite to the National Institute of... read more

Publishing Date: 15/04/2013

The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was activated on 6 February for the 0.8 magnitude earthquake that took place off the coast of Solomon Islands and the subsequent 0.9 m tsunami that struck the Santa Cruz Islands at 01:12 GMT on the same day. The international mechanisms to provide satellite information and maps after major disasters was triggered by UNITAR/UNOSAT.

Five people were killed; four elderly and one child after a 1-meter (3-feet) high wave hit the Santa Cruz Island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had issued warnings for Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. A Tsunami Watch alert had been sent out to New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia which were cancelled after two hours of being issued.

The main town of... read more

Publishing Date: 07/02/2013

At the request of the Government of the Solomon Islands, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) from 24 to 28 September 2012. The goal was to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as response. The mission began with pre-TAM discussions of the mission team with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) of Solomon Islands. The mission team visited... read more

Publishing Date: 08/10/2012

Advisory Support

At the request of the Government of the Solomon Islands, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) from 24 to 28 September 2012. The goal was to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of Disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as response.

Mission dates: 24/09/2012 to 28/09/2012

Disaster

500 houses have been damaged or destroyed. The National Disaster Management Office says hundreds of people could be homeless. Only a few minor injuries are reported.

Source: www.glidenumber.net

 

 

Available Space-based Information for: Solomon Islands – Earthquake – Date 4 January 2010


 

Status Update: 5 January 2010

 

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER:
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The Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources is responsible for Fisheries and Marine Resources, Aquaculture, Research on fisheries resources with potential for development, and Fisheries Extension Services. Under these portfolios the objectives of the Department are to: coordinate all fisheries activities operating within the 200 miles economic zone of Solomon Islands to achieve better and maximum benefit for the people of Solomon Islands; improve current fishing facilities to encourage local fishermen to effectively preserve and market their fish and other perishable marine products; and ensure that the harvesting practices of all marine resources are properly coordinated and monitored to ensure that certain resources are not depleted unnecessarily.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development organization. It advocates for change and connects the Pacific to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP Fiji Multi-Country Office covers 10 countries - Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Read more: UNDP Fiji

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child. Together with their partners, UNICEF works to translate that commitment into practical action, especially for the most disadvantaged children.

In the Pacific, UNICEF works in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada.

Website: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/fiji.html

The mission of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) of Solomon Islands is to provide leadership in the development and maintenance of measures to support communities in reducing their risks and managing the consequences of disasters. +

More information: directorndc [at] solomon.com.sb

The Energy Division of the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification of Solomon Islands is responsible for legal and regulatory development and institutional strengthening.

More informations: psmines [at] pmc.gov.sb

The National Geographic Information Centre of the Solomon Islands provide geographic information and mapping products and services. The centre demonstrates the importance of having good quality maps of all types and geographic reports to support national planning and economic development.

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Infrastructure Development deals with the development of important infrastructures to support development. The mission of the Ministry is to design safe standards for bridges, wharves, or houses as required in natural disasters prone regions, to ensure that shipping and all transport industries operate to safe and efficient standards that ensure passenger and cargo safety, and to ensure that national transportation is well planned, affordable and conducive to both economic growth and social well being, and thst government housings, materials, equipment, vehicle fleet, plant and machinery are professionally maintained.

The Solomon Islands School of Natural Resources (SNR) is part of the Honiara Solomon Islands College of Higher Education. 

Website: http://www.sinu.edu.sb/SNRAS/snrasHome.html

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