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26 Sep 2016 description

The executive director of the Catholic aid agency Caritas, Julianne Hickey, who is on Tarawa, says the country is currently very dry as conditions oscillate towards a possible La Niña.

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24 Sep 2016 description

Wellington, New Zealand | AFP | Saturday 9/24/2016 - 22:42 GMT

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji on Sunday shortly after another hit off Tonga but there was no threat of a tsunami, US seismologists said.

The offshore quake occurred at 9:28 am (2128 GMT Saturday), centered around 100 kilometres (62 miles) northeast of the Fijian island of Ndoi at a depth of 594 km, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on its website. 

It came 20 minutes after a 6.3-magnitude quake hit 124 kilometres northwest of Tonga.

23 Sep 2016 description

Appeal history

20 February 2016: Tropical Cyclone Winston makes landfall in Fiji as a category 5 cyclone. The Government of Fiji declares a State of Emergency.

23 February 2016: CHF 317,459 was allocated from IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Fiji Red Cross Society in providing immediate relief response to affected people.

29 February 2016: The IFRC Emergency Appeal for CHF 7 million is launched to assist 38,500 people over 12 months.

23 Sep 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

For Pacific island nations and her people, the evolving climatic realities now heavily influenced by a much warmer planet than we found it, is a stark reminder that at the end of the day, the human race shares one earth.

23 Sep 2016 description
report Government of Fiji

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston, an extremely destructive Category 5 cyclone, struck Fiji on 20th February 2016. It was the first Category 5 cyclone to directly impact Fiji, and the most intense tropical cyclone on record to affect the country. Maximum average wind speeds reached 233km/hour, and wind gusts peaked at around 306km/hour, making Winston one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.

Introduction

22 Sep 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
o Saint Kitts and Nevis

22 Sep 2016 description

Nauru's Baron Waqa tells the UN his country's remote processing centre damages the people smuggling trade, but Fiji's PM says more is needed to help displaced people.

Nauru's President Baron Waqa has defended his country's involvement in Australia's offshore detention centre, in a speech to the United Nations summit on refugees.

But he called on the international community to help find permanent homes for more than 900 refugees.

21 Sep 2016 description
report Guardian

John Vidal

Commonwealth initiative aims to enable countries such as Vanuatu and Fiji to access $100bn pledged in Paris climate talks

Many small developing countries are so administratively stretched that they cannot fill in all the complex forms needed to access climate money to help them to reduce emissions and adapt to increasing global temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather.

21 Sep 2016 description

Between 20 and 21 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston swept through the Fiji Islands as a Category 5 Storm with wind gusts up to 325 km/hr, and is estimated to be one of the most severe cyclones ever recorded in the South Pacific.

The Fiji Government reported TC Winston had affected more than 350,000 people (or some 40 percent of the population) across all four of Fiji’s administrative divisions, damaging or destroying more than 31,200 houses.

RESPONSE

21 Sep 2016 description

27SM Niue News: 2015 SPREP Annual Report is now launched

The SPREP Annual Report for 2015 is now available online having been presented at the 27th SPREP Meeting in Niue on Day one. The Report, available in both English and French outlines the activities and project implemented with members and partners in 2015 as the region strives to achieve the SPREP vision - a Pacific environment that sustains our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures.

21 Sep 2016 description

Summary

The El Niño weather event has been in a neutral phase since May. Nevertheless, it continues to have a devastating impact on vulnerable people in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Dry Corridor in Central America, and Haiti in the Caribbean. This event will also cause long term consequences for public health, nutrition, livelihoods, water and sanitation.

19 Sep 2016 description

Ra, Fiji: “Tropical Cyclone Winston hit us early this year, we now heavily depend on our farms to help us recover,” said the Turaga ni Koro or the village chief of Nabalabala Village in Ra.  

16 Sep 2016 description

This update is based on internal displacement figures made available to IDMC across 16 countries from January-August 2016. These figures will be updated and expanded upon regularly and can be accessed via IDMC’s Global Internal Displacement Database (GIDD) which can be viewed at http://www.internal-displacement.org/database.

15 Sep 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries in the Western Pacific Region have been reporting new cases as seen in Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia.

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

14 Sep 2016 description

Suva, Fiji: Rural and urban markets in Vanuatu are central to the livelihoods of the people especially the poorer households who depend heavily on the income they earn from their small scale market operations.

14 Sep 2016 description

Villages in remote Fiji say they don't have a safety plan in place to prepare for the upcoming cyclone season.

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14 Sep 2016 description

A health worker on Fiji's Koro Island says some families need basic clothing and food items and they have been desperate since the waves of international aid have stopped.

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14 Sep 2016 description

Alex Perrottet

Seven months after Cyclone Winston smashed into Fiji, RNZI's Alex Perrottet returns to the islands to find the recovery effort is still going strong, and some villages are taking their future into their own hands.

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11 Sep 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

TC Winston Highlights

  • The Fiji Government held a series of lessons learned workshops for the overall response that culminated in a national workshop attended by partners involved in the humanitarian response. The Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) clusters also held their separate lessons learned review workshops.

  • UNICEF completed its internal After Action Review.

  • A school-feeding programme is running in 38 schools in worstaffected areas, benefitting nearly 6,000 students.

10 Sep 2016 description

As Fiji continues to rebuild after Cyclone Winston devastated large parts of the country in February, entire villages are being relocated because of their vulnerability to natural disasters.

Forty-six communities have been marked for relocation and one of the first to undergo the process is Tukuraki on the northern side of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu.

The residents have suffered more than their fair share of disasters in recent years.