World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Solomon Islands Flooding – 26,000 Children Affected

7 April 2014

Solomon Islands Flooding – 26,000 Children Affected and at High Risk of Disease

Donate at: www.unicef.org.nz/solomon-islands

UNICEF NZ is concerned for the 26,000 children estimated to have been affected by the extreme flooding in the Solomon Islands over the past few days, with many living in rural areas which have not been reached yet due to damaged infrastructure.

Extensive damage has seen entire communities destroyed, with a fifth of Honiara’s population displaced and the risk of disease high. UNICEF is now appealing for NZ$465,000 (US$400,000) to support those affected by the emergency.

An estimated 12,000 people are seeking refuge in at least 14 evacuation centres with these numbers expected to rise as more people are arriving daily. A total of 52,000 people have now been affected by the floods in Honiara, the Guadalcanal and other provinces.

UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) specialist in Honiara, Donald Burgess, has been visiting evacuation centres over the weekend of which many are in schools. “The sanitation in the centres, which are already overcrowded, is a big challenge. I went to a centre which has almost 2,500 people and it just wasn’t equipped to provide services to such a large number of people. There were only two toilets for men and two toilets for females and none were working.”

Outside the official evacuation centres there is also thought to be numerous informal settlements. There are growing concerns from those on the ground that flooded areas and contaminated water supplies will lead to increased risks of infection and outbreaks of water-borne and vector-borne diseases. The established water supply also continues to experience disruptions meaning the only safe water available is not fully functional or reliable.

Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director at UNICEF NZ, said, “In an emergency, children are especially susceptible to disease due to reduced access to food and nutrients and weak immune systems.

“Many of those affected were already from the poorest areas of Honiara and have lost what little they had. They have also suffered a huge trauma and will need intense psychosocial support that UNICEF can and will provide.

“Rapid assessments are currently underway by UNICEF and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). Limited distribution of food, water and tents has started but more supplies are urgently needed, especially in remote areas where assessments have not been possible yet.

“The main needs continue to be centred around emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation, as well as health supplies to combat the spread of conditions such as diarrhoea and mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Non-food items such as blankets and clothing will also be urgently required.”

At least nine schools have been turned into evacuation centres and rapid assessments will be needed to ensure schools can reopen after the current holiday period. In the absence of schools, UNICEF will establish child friendly spaces where children can continue their education in a safe environment.

UNICEF urgently needs funding of NZ$465,000 (US$400,000) to support our work in this emergency. Please donate what you can at www.unicef.org.nz/solomon-islands

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>


Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:


US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Berlin Truck Attack And The Refugee Question

The hard-nosed neo-cons were certainly showing little interest in linking arguments, examining evidence, or even considering elementary logic in the aftermath of the Berlin truck attack near the Gedächtniskirche. With the bodies fresh in the morgue, former US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, peered into the mind of the everyday German, and found teeth chattering fear. More>>


Demonetisation: Gordon Campbell On India’s Huge Socio-Economic Experiment

Without much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Death Of Fidel Castro

New Zealand likes to think we played our part – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end… Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro at the weekend as an occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to the thousands of Cuban soldiers who travelled across the world to inflict the first significant military defeat on the forces of white supremacy. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Election Home Stretch

Once again at the business end of a US election, the result will hinge on the same old bits of geography as always: the Five Crucial Counties in Ohio, the Two Crucial Counties in Pennsylvania and the I-4 Interstate Corridor in Florida that runs from Tampa Bay through Orlando to Daytona Beach. More>>

ALSO:

Meanwhile:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news