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Fiji Times News, 28 January 2015. Extreme La Nina events that affect weather conditions on both sides of the Pacific will almost double in frequency as the climate warms, a new study shows. This increase is likely to drive a corresponding increase in devastating weather conditions including floods in the Asia Pacific region, more severe and frequent west Pacific cyclones, droughts in the south-western United States, and hurricanes in the Atlantic
RNZI News, 2 February 2015. Tropical Cyclone Ola near New Caledonia is weakening as it moves south. A heavy rain notice is still in force for Samoa. There is flooding in low lying areas as well as landslides
ABC News, 10 March 2015. Several Pacific nations are bracing for heavy rains and strong winds as a tropical depression is officially upgraded to a category two cyclone
ABC News, 11 March 2015. Tropical Cyclone Pam has been upgraded to a category three system and is moving south of Solomon Islands to waters between Vanuatu and Fiji
RNZI News, 13 March 2015. Solomon Islands is taking stock of the aftermath of Cyclone Pam with reports of serious damages in the country's eastern province. Trees and crops have been flattened, with residents sheltering in school buildings and caves as the Category 5 storm destroyed their homes.The people of Tikopia had lost 90 percent of their food crops and fruit trees, and their water was contaminated, but the weather was still too rough to launch a boat with emergency supplies
Fiji Times News, 11 March 2015. Following the announcement of Tropical Cyclone Pam, Education acting permanent secretary Kelera Taloga says some schools in the country will close if the weather worsens. She said they had consulted heads of schools and management about their plans on closing down the schools
Cook Islands News, 11 March 2015. It’s late in the cyclone season, and with February behind us, the risk of a tropical cyclone hitting the Cook Islands has been drastically reduced. Even while the risk is comparatively low, Cook Islanders should still be prepared for the possibility of big storms, with the late season for tropical cyclones extending till April. All Pacific Islands should remain vigilant in case equatorial Pacific El Nino conditions change. Past seasons with conditions similar...
IFRC News, 13 March 2015. As Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, Tropical Storm Bavi and Cyclone Nathan make their way across the Pacific, the Red Cross is working with both communities and local authorities to prepare for what could become an unprecedented relief response. Assessments are also being carried out in Tuvalu and Kiribati, where associated sea swells have caused significant damage. In the Pacific, reducing risk to disasters is not only a concept - it’s a life-saving necessity
Solomon Star News, 13 March 2015. Cyclone Pam has caused havoc leaving many communities in Malaita in total mess while causing fear to people. The impact of the cyclone had resulted in many homes being blown down and food garden washed away. This has caused fear to the people of east Malaita and forced schools to suspended classes
Fiji Times News, 17 March 2015. Anyone who lives or vacations in the tropics knows that the weather is usually warm with gentle breezes and occasional thunderstorms. It all begins with what meteorologists call a "tropical disturbance", or a group of thunderstorms over warm tropical waters. As low-level winds flow into the disturbance, they evaporate water from the ocean surface. This process transfers energy from the ocean into the atmosphere. This spiral effect comes from the...
Root crops have been damaged which are the staple food (at least 80% of local food source) for the entire population, extensive loss of planting materials and farming tools, total destruction of leafy vegetables (high in protein content), significant damage to fishing boats and implements (nets and engines), women have been affected through the loss of weaving materials for food and garden baskets (pandanus, estimated to be completely destroyed and with a recovery period of 12 months) and...
Communication of key food security messages (FM & HF radio, pamphlet, mobile, newspaper) has begun, Preparation of a national estimate of type and quantity of food required for each island, based on damage and population, now complete, Draft Community Food Distribution Guideline available, Agriculture experts are analysing the areal picture to determine damage on crops, fruits, livestock and fisheries infrastructure, Agriculture and Food Security Rapid Assessment Teams already flying to...
Direct Relief News, 16 March 2015. Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team continues to reach out to partner organizations in the South Pacific following the devastation from Tropical Cyclone Pam, which battered the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday with winds reaching speeds up to 185 mph. The emergency phase for this response is likely to be as long as it takes medical teams to get to the islands and then the focus is going to be firmly on water, sanitation, shelter, food, and related...
SPC News, 18 March 2015. The Pacific’s largest and most comprehensive information management resource on disaster risk management and national sustainable development has commenced daily email updates in the wake of cyclone Pam. The portal is updated daily by a dedicated team at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva, Fiji, on behalf of an international partnership initiative. The information usually comes in the form of weekly updates and a monthly disaster risk management...
Tropical cyclone Pam made landfall on Friday the 13th of March near the islands of Vanuatu with sustained wind speeds of 270km/h. Initial estimates of humanitarian impact suggest large devastation. Several other island nations including Kiribati, New Caledonia, Solomon islands and Fiji have also been affected. Cyclone Pam is a category 5 cyclone and the second strongest to ever form in the South pacific
The islands are believed to have been seriously affected by Cyclone Pam, with extensive damage having been reported on Tikopia, and no contact made with Anuta
The international community must ramp up financial and humanitarian support for Vanuatu's most vulnerable communities as they begin to rebuild and recover from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam. The Category 5 tropical cyclone descended upon Vanuatu, Tuvalu and a number of other Pacific islands one week ago battering them with 250kmph winds and 320kmph gusts which caused widespread damage to infrastructure, impacting services such as electricity
RNZI News, 26 March 2015. World Vision has begun preparing relief items to distribute to families affected by Cyclone Pam in Solomon Islands. More than 5,000 people in Tikopia, Anuta and the Reef Islands in Temotu province have been affected with close to 1,500 homes damaged and livelihoods destroyed. World Vision says it will distribute household kits, hygiene kits and livelihood kits containing items like seeds, fertilizer, bush knives, hammers and nails to 305 households
Map illustrates tropical cyclones that were predicted to pass by the Pacific Region in 2015
The TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) product contains near-real time precipitation accumulation estimates on a 0.25 degree latitude/longitude grid covering the globe from 50 S to 50 N latitude. This map represents a 24-hour time period. The delineation of political boundaries, and associated data shown here do not imply endorsement by the Pacific Disaster Center