HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING WHAT TO DO INFORMATION NUMBER FOUR

HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING WHAT TO DO INFORMATION NUMBER FOUR


WTDI Issue: No.04    Issue Date: Tuesday 24th, April 2018                 Media Priority: High

To The Media: Top priority for immediate and frequent broadcast

Issued By: The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) at 7:00 pm this evening, on Tuesday 24th, April 2018.

Following the Heavy Rain warning Number Four issued at 7:00 PM this evening by the Solomon Islands Meteorological service (SIMS); the NEOC issued this Heavy Rain and Flooding What to Do Information and is currently in force for all provinces except for Temotu.

Heavy rain will likely to cause flooding to creeks, streams, major rivers and drainages. People living in or close to these areas are strongly advised to seriously take the following safety action:

VILLAGE LEADERS

  • Village leaders and families must listen to your radio for emergency information – SIBC, FM,HF radio
  • Make sure your neighbours and vulnerable people have received this advice
  • Move to safe location when it is required

FOR PEOPLE IN LOW LYING AREAS UNDER THE THREAT OF FLOODING

  • If you are living close to rivers and shorelines you must take extra precaution measures
  • When evacuated take only essential Items like radio, mobile phones, torch, knife, food, water, important papers, important medicines
  • Store drinking water in sealed bottles as water supply may be interrupted (eg. Dirty or supply cut off)
  • Do not allow children to play in the rain and on flood raising water or drainage systems

FOR MOTORISTS

  • Be advice to take extra care when travelling in wet, slippery and flood areas
  • Make sure you have your lights on and drive at a speed less than 40km  per hour
  • Beware of water covered roads and bridges
  • Do not attempt to cross 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

CAUTION

Heavy rain can cause flash flood, river flood or low lying areas and coastal flooding. Prolong heavy rain can cause landslide and mudslides. Heavy rain can also create very low visibility and if it goes with strong winds then it can also cause rough seas. People are advised to take care.

For urgent assistant call 955 (NEOC) or 933 (SI Meteorology) or 999 (police) or 977 (Marine) or Your nearest Provincial Emergency Operation Centres or Your nearest police station

This heavy rain and flooding what to do information is current until a cancellation of the Heavy Rain warning is issued by the SI Meteorological Services.

Next Update will be at 7:00 am tomorrow morning.  ​

NEOC PIMFT

National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) 

Tel: (+677) 27937 | Email: neoc@ndmo.gov.sb | Fax: 27060


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 


DIAL: 955 (DISASTER) or 933 (WEATHER) or 999 (POLICE) or 977 (MARINE) or Check your nearest Provincial Emergency Operation Centers (PEOC) or Your nearest Police Station

SEND EMAIL: neocndc@ndmo.gov.sb (Disaster)

CHECK WEBSITE: www.ndmo.gov.sb (NDMO) and www.met.gov.sb (SIMS) for latest updates

Always check us here for Disaster Alerts, Warnings and Other Disaster related updates

ALWAYS CHECK US HERE FOR DISASTER ALERTS AND OTHER DISASTER RELATED UPDATES

Always check us here for Disaster Alerts, Warnings and Other Disaster related updates

NATIONAL DISASTER COUNCIL 

 

National Disaster Management Office

Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology

Post Office Box 21, Vavaya Ridge,

Honiara, Solomon Islands

Phone: (677) 27937, Mobile: 7410874, Fax: (677) 24293 or 27060   E-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NATIONAL SITUATION REPORT 02

Event: Tinakula Volcanic Eruption

Date of Issue: 26th October 2017

Time of Issue: 15:30 PM

Approved by:  N-DOC Chair

Issued By:  SLB NEOC

Next Update: As information become available

Sitrep Ref: SR261017002

A.    HIGHLIGHTS

  • Volcanic Ash fall is concentrated on Tinakula Island, however, spread over nearby Islands because of the influence of the wind direction
  • Uncertainity on the usage of rain water and bore catchment for household purposes.
  • Signs of complication are now initially reported from some of the villages,this includes, diarrhoea, red eye, skin rush, vomit, and Cough.
  • An Initial Situation Overview (ISO) report has been completed and will be distributed. Outcomes focus on water, health, livelihood, Education and Protection.
  • Water bottles are planned to be shipped to affected communities.
  • A Geologist are deployed to Temotu to monitor the activity
  • SIG Met aviation warning is lifted.
  • N-DOC Health committee are activated and currently supporting the response
  • The estimated population which are expected to be affected is 11,500, however, this can be varied in the coming days as verification continues. Reef Islands and the Polynesian outlayers are most the most vulnerable.
  • 40 Tons of food supply was deployed to Tikopia, Duff and Anuta due to the ongoing food security issues due to the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Donna early this year.

A.    SITUATION OVERVIEW

Tinakula volcano erupted at 10.47am on Saturday 21st of October according to Wellington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, New Zealand. 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.

B.    PRIORITY CONCERNS

  • Water accessibility for Drinking, Cooking is the priority concern as water quantity will be scare due to volcanic ash contamination and fear due to lack of information
  • Diarrhoea and Red Eye are evident in some of the villages in Reef Islands
  • Impact of volcanic ash Food security, health, WASH is technical.
  • 19 Schools and 9 health facilities are located in the exposed areas.

C.    ACTION TAKEN SO FAR

Provincial Level

  • Provincial Disaster Committee has met yesterday (25/10/17) and a team was set up to verify the initial reports coming from the potential affected areas.
  • Police in Lata has visited Nupani with minimal findings
  • A team consist of Police, health and agriculture is deployed to Reef Islands, report yet to be circulated.
  • Agriculture team will be deployed to re-assess along with a food relief consignment to respond to the Food security issue in Duff, Tikopia and Anuta due to the deteoriating state of food availability due to the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Donna.

National Level

  • National Emergency Operation Centre is activated on stanby to support the Provincial operation
  • The Melanesian Volcanic Network is being activated to support monitor and provide information to the NDMO
  • Development of public awareness material and distributed media outlets and identified focal points in the affected areas
  • N-DOC Health committee is activated and currently support the response through provision of technical advices in regards to health impact of the Volcanic ash
  • Procurement and shipment of bottled water for volcanic ash affected villages
  • A relief supply is being deployed to Anuta, Tikopia and Duff Islands to alleviate the current food shortage in the 3 Islands affected by the Tropical Cyclone Donna early this year. The consignment is approximately 40 tons of Rice.

D.    RECOMMENDATION

  • Volcanic Technical Assessment to be conducted
  • Establish volcanic monitoring to enhance early warning
  • Deliver awareness to the affected communities by all means
  • Water testing to ascertain the risk of water contamination
  • Enhance disease surveillance to the affected communities to verify reported cases of diarrhoea and other infections

A.    PHOTOS/MAPS

Figure 1. Poto evidence of Volcanic Ash on vegetations.

 

Figure 2: Photo taken from the southern side of Tinakula Island.

 

Maps of Likely affected Villages, Schools and Health Facilities : 

Reef Islands

 

Santa Cruz Island