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01 Mar 2016 description

• Out of the 901 primary and secondary schools at least 103 schools (11%) are being used as evacuation centres.

• 38% of all healthcare facilities have been damaged.

• 26,125 people in the most affected areas, (7.5% of the estimated population in these areas), have been provided with WASH supplies to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation.

• The Emergency Coordinator Osnat Lubrani joined Fiji's Ambassador for Climate Change Amena Yauvoli in visiting the cyclonehit islands of Koro in the Lomaiviti Group.

Situation Overview

29 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

  • Government priorities for immediate relief are shelter, water, health and food, as well as restoration of schools and delivery of seeds.

  • Access to fresh water remains a particular concern. Most of the 67,000 Fijians who had been targeted with water deliveries by end of January due to the El Niño-related drought, live in the corridor most affected by the cyclone.

  • 40,000 affected people (53% male, 46% female) live on small islands, largely in the Eastern Division, where damage is extensive and access is limited.

28 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

  • On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji.

  • The cyclone is estimated to be one of the most severe ever to hit the South Pacific.

  • The Fiji Government estimates almost 350,000 people living in the cyclone’s path could have been affected (180,000 men and 170 000 women).

  • 42 people have been confirmed dead.

  • 1,177 schools and early childhood education centres (ECEs) to re-open around Fiji.

27 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

• On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji.

• The cyclone is estimated to be one of the most severe ever to hit the South Pacific.

• The Fiji Government estimates almost 350,000 people living in the cyclone’s path could have been affected (180,000 men and 170 000 women).

• 42 people have been confirmed dead.

• 1177 schools will re-open on Monday around Fiji.

26 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

• On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji.

• The cyclone is estimated to be one of the most severe ever to hit the South Pacific.

• The Fiji Government estimates almost 350,000 people living in the cyclone’s path could have been affected (180,000 men and 170 000 women).

• 42 people have been confirmed dead.

• More than 62,000 displaced people are currently sheltering in nearly 900 evacuation centres.

25 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

• On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji.

• The cyclone is estimated to be one of the most severe ever to hit the South Pacific.

• The Fiji Government estimates almost 350,000 people living in the cyclone’s path could have been affected – 180,000 men and 170 000 women.

• 41 people have been confirmed dead.

• 131 people are injured.

24 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

• On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji.

• The cyclone is estimated to be one of the most severe ever to hit the South Pacific.

• 36 people have been confirmed dead.

• At least 2 people are missing.

• Aid has begun arriving in cyclone affected communities, especially the outer islands in the east including Koro.

• Some 35,000 people are currently sheltering in 424 evacuation centres.

• 97 schools have been damaged or destroyed.

12 Feb 2016 description

Pacific Island countries, some of which rise just a few meters above sea level, comprise one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to climate change. The nature-based livelihoods and diverse cultures of these island nations are being challenged, and in some cases overwhelmed, by rising sea levels, air and ocean temperatures, acidification, and shifting rainfall and storm patterns - effects of climate change that are projected to worsen over the next 100 years.

18 Jul 2014 description

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.

01 May 2014 description

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) in Suva on March 26 to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

27 Jan 2014 description

Community leaders from Daku Village of the Rewa Delta area, today formally committed their community’s participation in a climate change adaptation activity, delivered through USAID’s Coastal Community Adaptation Project (USAID/C-CAP).

As part of the agreement, Daku will receive infrastructure support for their drainage management system which will greatly reduce flooding, associated water-borne diseases and property damage caused by the rising waters.

17 Jan 2013 description
report East-West Center

HONOLULU (Jan.16, 2013) — The Pacific Islands Climate Services Forum to be held next week in Suva, Fiji, will feature discussion of the recently released 2012 Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) report, titled Climate Change and Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts. The Forum provides an opportunity for dialogue between climate experts and decision makers, including resource and disaster risk managers and community planners, as well as government ministries and policy makers from across the region.

28 May 2012 description
report Government of Japan

The Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 6)

Okinawa 'Kizuna' Declaration

Okinawa, Japan, 25-26 May 2012

04 May 2012 description

Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) East Asia and Pacific Region, Regional Office for Asia-Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

U.S. Government Launches Disaster Pre-paredness Programs in Thailand

09 Apr 2012 description

The United States of America is assisting the people of Fiji by responding to the recently declared state of emergency in the western parts of the main island, Viti Levu, caused by the recent severe flooding of homes, towns and villages.

The Embassy of the United States in Suva, Fiji, has donated USD 100,000 to Rotary Fiji and USD 50,000 to the Fiji Red Cross for the provision of emergency relief supplies – including blankets, water purification tablets and hygiene kits – to the areas and people affected by the devastating floods.

08 Feb 2012 description

The United States of America is assisting the people of Fiji by responding to the recently declared state of emergency in the western parts of the main island, Viti Levu, caused by the severe flooding of homes, towns and villages.

The Embassy of the United States in Suva, Fiji, has donated USD 50,000 to the Fiji Red Cross for the provision of non-food emergency relief supplies – including blankets, water purification tablets and hygiene kits – to the areas and people affected by the devastating floods.

26 Jan 2012 description
report Government of Fiji

The following is excerpted from the press conference this morning:

According to the latest weather forecasts, rain has cleared away from the west. There may be a few showers in the east and south today.

And a few heavier rainfalls may take place in the north, but it is not likely to cause any significant river flooding, beyond the usual flash flooding of creeks and streams.

Longer term is still up in the air—tomorrow and over the weekend. There is a risk of more rain over the west, and we will be monitoring that closely.