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Storm makes landfall on Vanuatu's Santo

Cyclone Harold, the most powerful storm in the Pacific in at least two years, has made landfall on the Vanuatu island of Santo, with winds gusting as high as 235km/h.

April 6, 2020 5:10 pm

Pacific Islands

Dozens feared missing off boat in Solomons amid cyclone

Dozens of people are reportedly missing at sea in Solomon Islands after a passenger ferry ignored maritime warnings and embarked on an island crossing during Cyclone Harold.

April 3, 2020 4:13 pm

Pacific Islands

All schools ordered to close in Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands government has extended a school closure notice, previously only for institutions in the capital Honiara and Guadalcanal, to the rest of the country.

March 31, 2020 2:28 pm

Pacific Islands

French Polynesia Covid-19 cases now at 35

There has been another confirmed Covid-19 infection in French Polynesia, raising the total to 35.

March 30, 2020 11:07 am

Pacific Islands

COVID-19 death reported in West Papua

It’s the first recorded death from COVID-19 in the Papua region and adds to fears that a looming surge in cases could overwhelm the health system on both sides of New Guinea.

March 27, 2020 4:40 pm

Pacific Islands

Australia issues warning of last Solomons flight

The Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands has issued a notice advising any Australian intending to return home that today will be the last commercial Solomon Airlines flight to Brisbane for a while.

March 27, 2020 2:29 pm

Pacific Islands

Samoa officially on lock down

Samoa is now officially on lock down.

March 26, 2020 2:54 pm

Pacific Islands

COM Approves State of Emergency

In its meeting on Tuesday this week, the Council of Ministers (COM) has agreed for the government to declare a State of Emergency (SOE) due to coronavirus.

March 26, 2020 12:34 pm

Pacific Islands

Pacific nations on heightened alert, flights suspended

Pacific countries continue to take proactive measures to control the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus in the region, amid the global pandemic.

March 24, 2020 12:59 pm

Pacific Islands

Samoa police catch one more escapee, 15 still at large

Police in Samoa say they have captured one more prison escapee with 15 of around 29 who staged a mass breakout from the Tanumalala prison last night still at large.

March 24, 2020 12:31 pm

Pacific Islands

Tonga closes border to flights and cruise ships in response to COVID-19

Tonga has closed its borders to flights and cruise ships this morning in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

March 23, 2020 6:30 am

Pacific Islands

Vanuatu island under lockdown after cruise ship visit

Vanuatu’s southern-most island Aneityum is under lockdown after a tourist who visited was tested positive.

March 23, 2020 6:30 am

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