WHAT TO DO INFORMATION

For: HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING


 CAUTION: Continuous heavy rain can cause flash flood, river flood to low lying areas, coastal flooding, landslide, mudslides, and very low visibility and if it goes with strong winds then it can also cause rough seas.

People are advised to take this 'HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING WHAT TO DO INFORMATION' seriously.

FOR VILLAGE LEADERS AND FAMILIES

  • Listen to your radio for emergency information – SIBC, FM, HF radio
  • Inform your neighbours and vulnerable people about the current advice
  • If Flood risk increases, Activate Response Plans and move to Safe Area

FOR PEOPLE LIVING CLOSE TO RIVERS AND AREAS UNDER THE THREAT OF FLOODING

  • Keep together important items like radio, mobile phones, torch, knife, food, water, important papers, and important medicines ready to take with you to Safe Area when evacuating.
  • Store drinking water in sealed bottles as water supply may be interrupted (e.g. Dirty or supply cut off)
  • Do not allow children to play in the rain and on flood rising water or drainage Areas
  • If Flood risk increases, Activate your community and family Response Plans and move to Safe Area

FOR MOTORISTS

  • Take extra care when travelling on wet, slippery and flood roads
  • Beware of water covered roads and bridges
  • Make sure you have your lights on and drive at less than 40km  per hour speed
  • Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you as stopping distance are increased by wet roads
  • Do not attempt to cross flowing rivers and large streams of unknown depth

FOR BOATS AND SHIPPING

  • Mariners are advise to be extra caution when planning or travelling out in the sea
  • Avoid travelling at all if you can
  • When going out in the sea , always inform someone of where about you are going and your expected time of travel
  • Take extra fuel, puddles, life-jackets, torch-light, spare batteries, water and some food when travelling.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CANCELLATION

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CANCELLATION ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE AT 9:00AM THIS MORNING ON SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2019.

THE TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING IS NOW CANCELLED, HOWEVER A STRONG WIND WARNING (15 TO 25 KNOTS, REACHING 30 KNOTS AT TIMES) STILL INFORCE OVER MOST WATERS AND LAND AREAS OF SOLOMON ISLANDS.

AT 5:00 AM THIS MORNING, TROPICAL CYCLONE OMA (CATEGORY TWO) WITH A CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 977 HECTOPASCALS WAS LOCATED NEAR 15.4 DEGREES LATITUDE SOUTH AND 164.2 DEGREES LONGITUDE EAST. THIS IS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 133 NAUTICAL MILES (247KM) WEST OF ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND, VANUATU. THE CYCLONE IS MOVING WEST-SOUTHWEST AT 03 KNOTS AND INTENSIFYING.

EXPECT WINDS OF 15 TO 25 KNOTS (27-46KM/HR) INCREASING TO 30 KNOTS (56KM/HR) AT TIMES OVER MOST WATERS AND LAND AREAS WITH MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS AND MODERATE SWELLS (2.5M-3.0M). 

EXPECT RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER MAKIRA, RENNELL/BELLONA, AND TEMOTU PROVINCES. 

THIS IS THE FINAL TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING FOR TROPICAL CYCLONE OMA. PLEASE REFER TO STRONG WIND AND HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

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Emergencies: Dial - 955 (Disaster), 933 (Weather), 977 (Marine), 999 (Police & Fire)

Wat nao for doim Taem Ash fall hem kam from Volcano?

When the volcano erupts a lot of ash will fall in the ocean and on the land. Wind will carry ash very far away and high-level wind can take ash in a different direction to wind on the ground. This means many people can be affected for a long time.

Volcanic ash is full of small chemicals that can make us sick. It is important to try and avoid touching, breathing or eating ash or drinking contaminated water. 

Every volcano is different but there are some common things we can all do to help our communities preparestay safe during an ash fall and clean up and be healthy afterwards.

Before hem happen

 Ash fall will contaminate water and can be unsafe to drink:

·      Refill all pots and containers with drinking water

·      Disconnect all drain pipes from copper roof to tank

·      Cover opening of tank or open wells

·      Take down all gutters from roof

·      Collect food from garden to use in emergency

·      Collect firewood for cooking

·      Cover all windows and doors  

·      Shelter animals and collect food for them  

·      Have safe drinking water

Taem hem happen

Ash has chemicals that can make us sick. Protect your body and your family. Do not eat food covered in ash or water that has changed colour or taste.

·      DO NOT drink water if colour and taste have changed badly– drink coconut

·      DO NOT eat food covered with ash (for example fruits)

·      DO NOT boil rice in contaminated water (you can rinse or cook vegetables in this water. They may have a bad taste but are safe)

·      Keep children inside (DO NOT play in ash)

·      Protect skin from ash

·      Avoid ash going in eyes (rinse with water and do not scratch or you may get RED EYE)

·      Cover nose and mouth with damp cloth for breathing

·      If ash is thicker than 10cm try to clean from roof immediately to stop damage (damp ash then broom, shovel or wipe with cloth).

Be careful to have safe toilet. Clean hands to avoid diarrhoea

 

Afta hem happen

The volcano will stop throwing ash and you can begin to clean up. Remember the ash on the ground, trees and in water can make you sick. Wash food well and drink only clean water or coconut. 

·      Clean up ash from around house. Try to avoid walking ash into the home.

·      Clean ash from roof and let rain clean copper.

·      Remove all covers from windows and doors and clean area.

·      Do not throw the ash near water supply.

·      Do not breathe in ash when cleaning

·      Empty contaminated tanks, clean bottom of tank and let new rainwater refill. There may still be some small taste.

·      RED EYE may need medical help from clinic

·      Diarrhea: keep drinking coconut. See clinic

·      Cough: be careful of fever developing, especially in children. See clinic.

Affect of Ash on health: Cough, vomit, belly run and head spin