By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox
Victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji struggle to rebuild their lives six months after the category five storm devastated large parts of the country.
Victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji are struggling to rebuild their lives six months after the category five storm devastated large parts of the country.
Villages along the north coast of Fiji's main island Viti Levu were hit hard by Winston, but a shortage of building materials means people have been unable to repair their houses.
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Pacific women's voices crucial for disaster management.
The region is often hit by natural disasters with major cyclones devastating Vanuatu and Fiji in the past 18 months.
Aleta Miller of the UN Women's Fiji office says women are more affected than men in the aftermath and should be included in disaster management planning.
But she said aid agencies often cast women as victims first and risk ignoring what is truly needed.
By Corinne Ambler, IFRC
Sam Naborokia has experienced many cyclones in his 83 years, but none as destructive as Tropical Cyclone Winston. When Winston struck his village on 20 February this year, the wheelchair-bound grandfather feared the worst.
“My grandchildren came and carried me and put me under the bed. Then as the storm got stronger they put me under the house. I felt so alone under there and when the morning came I crawled out and saw that there was no house,” he said.
Children in primary schools around the country will soon receive psychosocial support resource materials to help them overcome the trauma they experienced following Tropical Cyclone Winston earlier this year.
This follows the launch of resource materials by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy today at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.
The materials, mostly books with true local stories that children can relate to, were developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Australia has offered to assist Fiji establish a network of civilian disaster response teams to improve its ability to deal with events such as Tropical Cyclone Winston.
The issue was raised at a meeting in Suva today when the Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, gave a briefing on the cyclone relief effort to the visiting Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Fiji's Red Cross says the country's rebuild is being hindered by problems accessing building supplies.
Read the story at Radio New Zealand.
The Australian Government will rebuild several schools in Ra and on Koro Island as part of its contribution to Fiji’s recovery and reconstruction following Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, made the announcement today while visiting Vatukacevaceva Village School with Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr Mahendra Reddy. Vatukacevaceva Village School, located just outside Rakiraki in Ra Province, is one of the schools that will be rebuilt.
On 20 February, Cyclone Winston slammed into the Pacific Island Nation of Fiji. The Category Five tropical storm left immense damage in its wake, damaging or destroying more than 32,000 houses and affecting more than 350,000 people across the country.
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Save the Children has launched its biggest campaign to date to help save lives in cyclone-wrecked Fiji.
Cyclone Winston claimed the lives of 43 people and caused massive damage to the country's houses and infrastructure.
By CARE Australia
As we mark six months since Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager Adam Poulter reflects on the pattern of severe storms that is becoming the new normal.
We have crossed the threshold. Gone are the days when catastrophic cyclones were a once in a lifetime event.
A couple of years ago it would have been inconceivable to have multiple category-five mega-storms hitting Australia’s neighbours in so short a time. But that is today’s reality.