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22 Feb 2017 description
Fiji + 1 other
Visit to Fiji

I will visit Fiji from 19 to 21 February on the first anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston, which hit Fiji on 20 February 2016 and resulted in the tragic death of 44 Fijians.

During my visit, I will attend a formal commemoration service in Suva.

I will visit the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) which, through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), is growing seedlings to help communities recover from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

20 Feb 2017 description

Sally Round RNZI Journalist @RoundSally sally.round@radionz.co.nz

Trauma is still rife and life remains hard for many of the survivors of Cyclone Winston which hit Fiji a year ago.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

17 Feb 2017 description

Suva / Kuala Lumpur, 17 February, 2017 – One year after Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji, many survivors are still struggling to recover, says Fiji Red Cross. According to Red Cross Director General, Filipe Nainoca, significant progress has been made since the Category 5 cyclone hit on 20 February, 2016, but some people in the worst affected areas of the country are still living in tents or temporary shelters.

17 Feb 2017 description

New Zealand Red Cross is helping students return to their classrooms in Fiji's Ra province.

The classrooms at Vunikavikaloa Arya School are filled with noise – but it’s not excited students causing the commotion. It’s Red Cross volunteers and local villagers, hard at work with hammers, saws and drills.

The school, in Fiji’s Ra province, was badly damaged when Tropical Cyclone Winston tore across the country in February 2016. For the past year, children at Vunikavikaloa have been learning in tents in a back field.

17 Feb 2017 description

After watching waves wash away her house, Makarita is moving into a stronger, safer home – thanks to Red Cross.

From her perch on a pile of bricks, Makarita Racani watches a group of men hammer at the wooden skeleton of a house.

It’s not unusual to see Makarita sitting near the building site in the centre of Nukubalavu, a village on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu. Since construction began a few weeks ago, the 79-year-old has kept a close eye on the builders, and with good reason - the house they are building is her new home.

16 Feb 2017 description

by Kenn Crossley

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

As most natural disasters are predictable to some extent, it makes sense to invest into government social protection schemes to build their long-term resilience

15 Feb 2017 description

The names of those who died in Cyclone Winston will be read out in a national ceremony in Fiji on Monday to mark Cyclone Winston's direct hit a year ago.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

06 Feb 2017 description

The New Zealand Defence Force has delivered more than three tonnes of textbooks to Fiji high schools, which were damaged by last year's category-five Cyclone Winston.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

18 Jan 2017 description

Coconut farmers in Fiji are being told to get rid of dead trees and decaying vegetation left behind after Cyclone Winston in order to stop the spread of pests.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

18 Jan 2017 description
report UN Women

As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work.

Date: 17 January 2017

17 Jan 2017 description

By Seru Nasedra and Corinne Ambler

Remote Koro Island, to the east of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, was one of the worst-hit areas during Tropical Cyclone Winston almost a year ago. Most houses in every village were damaged, with only a handful left standing. Many of the islanders are still living in tents or temporary shelters while others have temporarily relocated to the mainland where other family members live.

Fiji Red Cross has spent the last few months working on Koro, which was hit by both winds and sea surge, resulting in the deaths of six people.

16 Jan 2017 description

Help, not heels and handbags in humanitarian crises

A new report has found that more than 70 shipping containers packed with high heels, handbags, heavy blankets, canned food and other unrequested goods were sent to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam in 2015. Ten months after the cyclone, 18 containers remained uncollected, accumulating nearly $2 million in storage fees, while more than half of the canned food items had expired.

04 Jan 2017 description

In August 2016, a collaborative decision by members of the Fiji FSL Cluster resulted in the establishment of the FSL Technical Working Group and the development of a multi-agency recovery needs assessment for TC Winston impacted areas (for the four major Divisions) for the purposes of:

  1. provide evidence based analysis of recovery needs in the food security and livelihoods sector

  2. identifying specific groups and/or communities that are/maybe particularly vulnerable

03 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

East Asia and the Pacific region remains extremely prone to natural hazards, with significant human casualties and economic losses – more than 40 million people were affected by disasters in 2015. Children are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards, and suffer short-term and long-lasting negative impacts on health, nutrition, protection and education. Population growth, rapid urbanization and climate change continue to exacerbate the impact of disasters, which are expected to occur more frequently and with greater intensely, and to impact larger populations in the coming years.

23 Dec 2016 description

The Fiji Government says repairs to all schools affected by last February's Tropical Cyclone Winston are expected to be completed by October next year.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

22 Dec 2016 description

Unprecedented flooding around the Fiji town of Rakiraki has washed away building material meant to repair homes damaged and destroyed after Cyclone Winston.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

19 Dec 2016 description

Days of torrential rain have caused severe flooding in parts of Fiji as towns lie underwater, and flood warnings remain in place across much of the country's main island of Viti Levu.

After the first tropical depression of the cyclone season, emergency authorities have moved people to evacuation centres on higher ground after many major roads were blocked by water or landslides and water levels continued to rise.

19 Dec 2016 description


Hunger is not inevitable As 2016 comes to an end, almost 130-million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Throughout the year, natural hazards, conflict and protracted crises have placed a particularly heavy burden on the poor, who are often extremely vulnerable to shocks. Across 22-affected areas, 70-million people are currently in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 3 or above.

16 Dec 2016 description

Cyclone season in the South Pacific has begun. New Zealand Red Cross will be closely monitoring the formation of tropical cyclones and their progression. We're working with communities to build their resilience, and are ready to provide early assistance to vulnerable communities who need it most.

Last year, the South Pacific cyclone season was one of the worst on record. Eight tropical cyclones hit the region, five of which were severe, including Tropical Cyclone Winston - the strongest cyclone to ever make landfall in Fiji.