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)

Media Release: 23 October 2017

National Disaster Management Office

Honiara, Solomon Islands

 

Temotu’s Volcano Tinakula Erupts: Ash cloud reaches Reef Islands headed toward capital Lata

Temotu Province, Solomon Islands: Initial activity was recorded by the Melanesia Volcano Network, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department at 6.20am with ash and gas reaching heights of 35, 000 feet (10.7 kilometers) above sea level. Tinakula’s eruption is classed as Category Three, which means a minor eruption. Tinakula Island is uninhabited so there is no immediate threat to people on the island however risk relates to the trade winds carrying ash further to nearby islands.

CURRENT WARNINGS: MET service has issued a warning for aviation.  

HEALTH AND SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS: NDMO has issued a number of public instructions on how to remain safe and healthy.

NDMO: HEALTH INSTRUCTIONS

Volcanic ash is made up of very small pieces of ash that we can breathe into our lungs and that can create irritations on our skin or in our eyes. They can also be toxic and therefore create a health risk through contamination of food and water supply.

  • Eye irritation: Eye irritation can be common because of the small and sharp pieces of ash in the air. These can scratch the eyes creating painful irritations and Red Eye Infection (conjunctivitis). Try to rinse with clean water, avoid scratching and treat Red Eye (conjunctivitis).
  • Breathing Difficulty: Ash is very small and therefore it can reach into our lungs as we breathe. This can be a problem for children, elderly and anyone with an existing breathing problem. To avoid or lesson affects, please cover your mouth and nose with a cloth, especially damp clothe. Breathing problems related to ash can result in tightness of breath and heavy coughing.
  • Skin irritation: The ash has fine particles that carry toxins that can make the skin itchy. Scratching can further create a problem, as new infections will occur. Rinse your body with water if possible.
  • Ash and water supply: Ash gets into your water supply and can contaminate this. Treat all ash as having toxins that can be harmful to health when swallowed. If ash has settled on your copper roof and then it rains for around one hour or more, your rainwater will be contaminated. Try to cover water catchment sources, disconnect down pipes from tanks before ash settles on and gets washed into tanks by rain. Try to drink from running water sources like streams or drink coconut. Remember your animals will be affected too.

 

NDMO: GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

Volcanic ash can travel far carried on high level winds and can be very hard to clean up. It can have significant impacts on safety of houses, use of engines and be damaging to food crops.

  • Cleaning Ash: To clean ash away from homes and roofs, try to broom while dry (covering your nose and mouth with damp cloth) or use damp clothe. Ash turns to a glue-like material is wet and will be very hard to clean.
  • Danger to Houses: If a lot of ash falls on roofs this can be dangerous as it is very heavy and the roof can fall down. Keep roofs clean and if rebuilding make tall and pointy to help ash fall off.
  • Ash and Crops: Clean all vegetables as ash can land on the leaves too and are not good to eat. Ash can initially be toxic and many plants will be affected and die. Later, the ash will create more fertile soil.
  • What to do with Ash Rubbish: Do not dump ash in an area that is a water supply.
  • Engines:Ash can affect engines and air filters so be careful if using these. If heavy ash falls this can also affect visibility when driving.

VOLCANO AND CHANGING WEATHER:

The volcano and its ash change the weather conditions and can create thunderstorms and heavy rain. This can also lead to little landslides and muddy conditions. It may make reaching the gardens to collect food hard for some times so make sure you have some food stored.

BACKGROUND:

Currently, the ash cloud has travelled over much of Eastern Temotu Province, Reef Islands. Ash is carried on the wind that flows at a high level and this can be different to the direction of wind on the ground. Upper level wind is currently blowing westerly which will carry the ash toward Temotu’s capital, Lata. Currently ground level winds are travelling in a southeasterly direction. 

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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Media Release

National Disaster Management Office, Honiara, Solomon Islands

October 13th 2017

 

“Home Safe Home” Successful Event for IDDRR

 

Honiara City Disaster Management Office, its partners and the general public celebrated International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Town Council Grounds. Students from King George School and many members from the general pubic and partner organisations attended to make this day memorable and spread the key messages from this years’ “Home Safe Home” target theme.