Disaster exposure data collection survey underway in Honiara and provinces

Disaster exposure data collection survey underway in Honiara and provinces

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) with technical support from the Pacific Community (SPC) is currently investigating collection of exposure data for disaster risk management and mitigation purposes.

The survey is government led and focuses on buildings (residential, commercial, public, educational and industrial), major infrastructure (roads, bridges, airports, ports and utility assets) and major crops/livestock for update the Pacific Risk Information System (PacRIS).

The survey and field data collection began within the city limits of Honiara in early August and has since expanded to provincial locations, including east and west Guadalcanal and the west (Gizo, Noro and Munda), Isabel (Buala), Central (Tulagi and Savo), Malaita (Auki), with Makira (Kira-Kira, Pamua and Waimapuru) and Temotu (Lata) to be the last two provinces.

The datasets collected provide important data and information in various formats that are essential for disaster risk management and mitigation purposes, as well as for disaster risk financing and the development of parametric insurance against natural hazards such as tropical cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis.

For the Solomon Islands, this dataset forms the essential baseline information for NDMO during post-disaster analysis and is crucial for planning and decision-making. It is important to note that the datasets are essential to the creation of the NDMO Disaster Management Database, which is a work in progress.

The field team is currently on Savo Island as of today 9e to Monday 16e September, while the Temotu team is expected to travel to Temotu on Tuesday 17e via reef islands.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is calling on provincial public and private sectors, businesses, community leaders and elders, and good people living in the survey area of ​​interest to provide assistance and to support the investigative teams in the field in this very important undertaking.

-MECDM Press

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