Media Release: Relief to Reef, Anuta, Tikopia and Duff Islands

Date: 29/10/2017

Severe Weather Event and/ or Natural Hazard: Cyclone Donna & Tinakula Volcanic Ash fall

 

EVENT:

Tikopia, Anuta and Duff Islands have been experiencing an on-going critical food shortage after Cyclone Donna damaged root crops in early May 2017.

Reef Islands are currently experiencing a critical water shortage due to widespread ash-fall contamination of their water supplies following the minor eruption of Tinakula volcano on Saturday 21st October 2017.

 

RESPONSE:

NDMO is facilitating the food relief response of 40 tonnes of rice to travel to Tikopia, Anuta and Duff Islands on the MV Onogou for 2593 affected people. 

NDMO is facilitating the water relief of 11, 790 cartons of bottled water. The majority has been loaded on the MV. Onogou. The remaining water will be shipped this week via another shipping vessel. Water relief will be distributed to 6485 affected people in Reef Islands.

 

NZAid and DFAT provided the water relief. SIG provided the food relief and all logistical costs.

Medical supplies will be unloaded at Lata Port. 

NDMO volunteers will be deployed along with the relief effort supplies to assist in the distribution of goods and further assessments.

The Geological team will disembark at Lata and report to PDMO and NDMO. 

The Response Deployment will last from 29/10/2017 -11/11/2017. 

 

UPDATE:

The MV Onogou completed loading at 11.30pm Saturday 28th October. 

The MV Onogou is not a chartered vessel and will follow its normal schedule through the islands with community OBM Canoes engaged by NDMO to distribute goods.  

GENERAL ADVICE:

Be careful to avoid outbreaks of diarrhea by maintaining good personal and toilet hygiene and not drinking dirty water OR EATING unwashed fruits, for example, local apples which are now in season.

NDMO encourages the public to take wise decisions to remain safe, strong and healthy during this time.

Check our website www.ndmo.gov.sb for further updates and listen to SIBC and other radio stations at main news times.

 

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Media Release: 25 October 2017

National Disaster Management Office

Honiara, Solomon Islands

 

Temotu’s Tinakula Health Update: Ash-fall reducing across Reef Island while water shortage continues

 

Reports from Temotu Province, Reef Islands say that ash-fall has now largely stopped in Fenulola Group and other parts of Reef Islands and that communities are now experiencing heavy rain.

 

Reports from general pubic suggest communities on Santa Cruz are now experiencing some sulphur smell.

 

Water Contamination due to ash fall: Widespread water shortage exists now across reef islands and Santa Cruz due to contamination of drinking water wells and tanks. Quick thinking by leaders in some communities who disconnected the down pipes from the tanks before the ash fall avoided wider contamination of water supply. Community members have reported that underground water sources like the one in Tanga, Reef Islands, have also been affected. Currently many communities are without uncontaminated drinking water and are relying on coconuts for drinking.

 

Generally, if water taste and colour are normal and you can see very little ash or no ash in the water this means that the water is safe to drink. It is recommended that if possible children and babies drink young coconut or breast milk at this time. If the colour of the water has changed and the water has a metallic taste then it is recommended that you do not use this for drinking water. Other normal uses of water like washing vegetables are ok. Using contaminated water for cooking rise is not ok.

 

Health Affects due to Ash fall and Hygiene: Red Eye and some skin irritation (scratching/ sores) are being reported as impacts of exposure to ash are having an effect on physical health. If new exposure to ash occurs, wash affected area. If ash comes in contact with eyes, clean with water to remove particles of ash and avoid scratching. Go to the clinic if eyes become very infected.

 

Be careful to avoid outbreaks of diarrhea by maintaining good personal and toilet hygiene and not drinking dirty water OR EATING unwashed fruits for example local apples which are now in season.

 

Avoid breathing ash. Cover nose and mouth with damp cloth while cleaning up ash. Ash can cause flu-like symptoms of heavy dry coughing, chest irritation, head spin and vomiting.

 

NDMO encourages the public to take wise decisions to remain safe, strong and healthy during this time. Check our website for further updates and listen to SIBC and other radio stations at main news times.

 

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