Current Emergencies

Everest: Avalanche, April 2014

Photo source: New York Daily News

New Zealand NGO response

CID member, the Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by this tragedy - click here to donate to their appeal.

The Himalayan Trust works with the peoples of the Nepal Himalaya to realise their educational, health, economic and cultural aspirations. The incident is the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain and initial reports are that 13 Nepali climbers have died and three are still missing in an avalanche.

The Trust continues to provide educational opportunities for the people of Nepal Himalayas – as a step out of poverty and a path towards a safer more secure livelihood than that offered by guiding and portering in the treacherous mountains.


News and Media:

21/04/2014: The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Everest, Nepal - click here for more information.

23/04/2014: A New Zealand mountaineer says the fatal avalanche on Mt Everest has had a "huge impact" on the local sherpa community - click here for the full report.

23/04/2014: Injured Sherpas recall deadly avalanche - click here to read more.


 

Solomon Islands: Flash Flooding, April 2014

People sheltering at the evacuation center at "Panatina Pavilion" in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara, 5 April 2014. Source: AFP

New Zealand NGO response

NDRF members are working with partners to respond to the flooding in the Solomon Islands. The following NDRF members have launched public appeals to support their response efforts: ADRA, Caritas, Oxfam, Rotary NZ, Save the Children, TEARFund, UNICEF and World Vision 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IT IS BETTER TO DONATE CASH RATHER THAN SEND GOODS TO SUPPORT DISASTER AFFECTED COMMUNITIES. Click here to find out why.

ADRA NZ - ADRA have deployed staff on the ground and have begun distributing emergency packs containing cooking and eating utensils, blankets and other essential items to 1,500 people. ADRA NZ is currently working with other ADRA offices to develop a recovery project. To support this appeal, click here.

Caritas – Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand are conducting initial assessments and providing support to those sheltering in church properties. The Solomon Islands Office has been overseeing the installation of 6 water tanks and pit latrines to improve hygiene facilities. Caritas are also distributing goods such as soap, food and drinking water, and mosquito nets. For information on donations, click here.

Oxfam – Oxfam are supporting the Red Cross to manage some evacuation centres and in providing support to the country office who are distributing non-food items in Honiara such as hygiene kits, water containers, tarpaulins, and mosquito nets. To donate to their appeal, click here.

Rotary New Zealand World Community Service - RNZWCS have tents and emergency response kits available for use. Rotary New Zealand are appealing for cash donations via their website to support the victims of this disaster.

Save the Children - Save the Children have been distributing non-food item supplies such as household and kitchen kits, education in emergency packages, school tents and school supplies. They have opened an appeal for donations which can be found here.

TEAR Fund TEAR Fund are working with Ola Fou, a youth education programme which equips young people with tools to become future leaders and in turn empower their own communities. TEAR Fund have started full needs assessments on the ground, and are preparing to respond to 6 communities working together with Ola Fou. To donate to their relief work, click here.

UNICEF – UNICEF has pre-positioned supplies in Honiara including early childhood development kits, water containers, and emergency pocket guides. They have sent Emergency Health Kits, each helping up to 1000 people. Rapid assessments are currently being done, and WASH specialists have been visiting evacuation centres over the weekend. UNICEF will also provide psychological support for those experiencing trauma from the disaster, and will establish child friendly spaces where children can continue their education in a safe environment. To support their work, click here.

World Vision - World Vision has activated the response teams and emergency operation centres and have staff located on the ground. They are distributing relief items such as blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, cooking sets, water containers starting with approximately 2,000 people. World Vision are also preparing to distribute supplies to meet the request for 300 household kits. To donate to their appeal, click here.


News and Media:

10/04/2014: Oxfam NZ says water is a major concen as the recovery efforts get underway in the Solomon Islands - click here to read more.

10/04/2014:  52,000 people remain affected in the worst hit areas of Honiara and greater Guadalacanal  according to OCHA's Situation Report No. 2 - click here for the full report.

09/04/2014: Save the Children New Zealand has launched an emergency appeal in response to the floods that have devastated the Solomon Islands. Click here for more information.

09/04/2014: 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 - click here to read more.

09/04/2014: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced New Zealand will provide a further $1.2 million to help Solomon Islands following severe flooding - click here to read the full press release.

09/04/2014: The Solomon Islands Ministry of Education says at least 30 schools outside of Honiara were badly damaged in last week's flash floods and could be closed for up to three months - click here to read more.

09/04/2014: The death toll has risen to 23 people, and brewery trucks are being used to transport much-needed water in the flood ravaged Solomon Islands capital, Honiara - click here to read the full news report.

08/04/2014: The United Nations and its partners in the Pacific have begun deployments to Honiara today in support of the Solomon Islands’ Government response to what is considered to be “the worst floods ever seen in the country" - click here to read more.

 07/04/2014: One fifth of Honiara's population are in evacuation centres - click here for the full report.

06/04/2014: UNOCHA has released their third 'flash update' - click here to view it. 

06/04/2014: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released an information bulletin on the current situation in the Solomon Islands - click here to view it.

06/04/2014: New Zealand is sending an aid flight to the Solomon Islands - click here for the news article.

05/04/2014: UNOCHA has released their second 'flash update' - click here to view it.

04/04/2014: UNOCHA has released their first 'flash update' for the Solomon Islands - click here to view it.

04/04/2014: UNICEF has released their Humanitarian Situation Update for the Solomon Islands - click here to view it.