By Corinne Ambler, IFRC
May 29 marks 100 days since Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated large parts of Fiji. The category 5 cyclone, the worst in Fiji’s history, impacted 350,000 people - almost half Fiji’s population - and destroyed or damaged more than 30,000 homes. Fiji Red Cross has reached 63,000 people with emergency aid, but says there is still much to do.
CARE Australia has today launched its online Disaster Response Depot, allowing Australians to help the organisation keep its emergency response warehouse in Brisbane stocked to meet future humanitarian crises.
CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager Adam Poulter said the launch comes as we’re seeing the highest levels of human suffering since the Second World War.
“Hundreds of thousands of people live in fear of natural disasters and while we can’t stop an earthquake or cyclone, we can reduce their impact,” Mr Poulter said.
Suva, May 24, 2016 – The World Bank Group and the government of Fiji celebrated their deepening partnership today, with the formal opening of a new office in the Fijian capital, Suva.
Guests from the public and private sectors, as well as development partners, joined in the inauguration ceremony, which included remarks from representatives of the government and World Bank Group.
Fijian Prime Minister Vorereqe Bainimarama has appealed to world leaders attending the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Turkey to give climate change adaptation funding the overriding priority it deserves.
Speaking at the opening of the Leader's Dialogue, Bainimarama stressed the issue should be highlighted in all forums of the world.
Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. It is also home to a number of long-running conflicts that exact a human toll. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) places women and girls at the center of humanitarian response. Every year the number and frequency of disasters (whether natural or conflict-related) is increasing, with millions of people displaced from their homes.
It is pouring sheets of rain in Nakodu village on Koro Island but the village primary school classroom is packed to the gills with youth volunteers who have come to attend a session on debris clearance and waste management. The session is organized by experts from the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency commissioned by UNDP, who have worked in emergencies caused by extreme weather events around the world. The villagers want to deal with the waste and get their lives up and running again.
Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :
· Maladies diarrhéiques : États fédérés de Micronésie, Fidji, Vanuatu · Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, États fédérés de Micronésie
Autres relevés :
· Kosrae (États fédérés de Micronésie) : Au 7 mai 2016, on dénombrait au total 78 cas d’infection à virus Zika : 11 cas confirmés en laboratoire, 1 cas probable et 66 cas suspects. Aucune femme enceinte ne figurait parmi les cas confirmés. Source : ministère de la Santé des États fédérés de Micronésie.
The latest assessments show over 31,200 houses damaged or destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston. 22,900 households have received tents, tarpaulins, shelter kits or shelter tool kits, with about 8,300 households yet to receive emergency shelter assistance from ongoing or planned distributions. Early recovery activities are being planned and the Shelter Cluster is advocating for support to the most vulnerable affected Fijians, with 3,400 core shelters and 5,600 repairs.
In 2016, natural disasters and war zones have created indelible images of barbed wire barriers, endless straggling dusty lines of tired people on the move, overladen boats making hazardous sea passages, buildings destroyed by bombs, cyclones, earthquakes and fires, exhausted responders with hard hats and clipboards. These images reflect desperate flight from violence and destruction, the courage of those who stay, the courage of those who go. They make real for us the extraordinary circumstances of millions on the move.
As of 18 May 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:
46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).
14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Vanuatu · Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, FSM
· Kosrae state, FSM: As of 07 May 2016, a total of 78 cases (suspected, probable, and confirmed) were identified. Eleven were laboratory confirmed, one probable and 66 were suspected cases. None of the confirmed Zika cases are pregnant. Source: FSM Ministry of Health.
Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today received a $50,000 donation from Dulux Paints and Pacific Coatings Limited towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund.
Dulux Paints donated $40,000 worth of paint that will be used to repair school facilities through the Adopt A School Program. Dulux Paints donated an additional $10,000 through its local subsidiary, Pacific Coatings Limited.
With the World Humanitarian Summit just around the corner, the response to Cyclone Winston in Fiji is a timely example of Pacific efforts to build local capacities in coping with disasters.
After the cyclone that destroyed more than 30,000 houses, a massive rebuilding effort is getting underway across the country. Humanitarian actors are working with the Fijian Government to train hundreds of community carpenters and workers in safer building techniques so that the country can better withstand future cyclones.