November 17, 2015

Oceania on the frontline of climate change

By |17 November 2015|

Global temperatures averaging almost 1oC above normal. For people in some parts of the world, this might still seem like a technical measurement, or a future concern. For us in Oceania, it is rapidly becoming a matter of life or death.

December 14, 2012

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    Caritas prepares for emergency response as Samoa hit by Cyclone Evan

Caritas prepares for emergency response as Samoa hit by Cyclone Evan

By |14 December 2012|

By Angela Ford Caritas emergency response teams in the Pacific are preparing for emergency relief as one of the most powerful cyclones to hit Samoa in 20 years devastates Apia. Cyclone Evan made landfall on Thursday 13 December, with winds up to 160 km per hour. At least two people have died, and many are missing. Samoa has declared a state of disaster with widespread structural damage to outlying buildings, homes and critical infrastructure. Locals have been left without power and food shortages are possible. Caritas Samoa report that flooding in Apia is widespread, powerlines and trees are down and many homes are destroyed. Flooding is the major cause for concern in the short-term, with water levels up to 8ft in areas. Mr Puletini Tuala Caritas Samoa Director reports, “the most urgent need at this stage is for water and tinned food. We are planning for an initial assessment of damage in coastal areas [...]

June 23, 2010

A community responds in Samoa

By |23 June 2010|

The newest member of the confederation, Caritas Samoa, found itself coping with a major emergency when a tsunami hit the Pacific Islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga in September.

March 1, 2010

After the tsunami: Voices from Samoa

By |1 March 2010|

Over 150 people are reported dead as a result of massive tsunami waves which hammered the South Pacific islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, after a huge earthquake at sea.

February 2, 2010

Typhoon Ketsana and Samoa tsunami

By |2 February 2010|

Caritas emergency officers are at full stretch bringing aid to the survivors of a series of humanitarian disasters. Typhoon Ketsana appeal Tyhpoon Ketsana (known locally as Typhoon Ondoy) has made 600,000 people homeless in the Philippines and left 1.8 million people in need. The storm has left a trail of destruction across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Caritas is providing aid to the most vulnerable in the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. Caritas and the Catholic Church in the Philippines has already helped survivors with food and shelter and is rushing to do more. For the Philippines, Caritas has launched an appeal for US$ 980,216.29 (Euros 666,813.80) to provide food, medicine, shelter materials and other aid items for 50,000 of the worst affected people for a month. In Cambodia Typhoon Ketsana caused extensive damage. It forced 20,000 people from their homes and destroyed scores of buildings and some infrastructure. Caritas will provide a one month food ration [...]