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13 Jun 2017 description

When disaster strikes, Vanuatu businesses can provide, store and distribute relief supplies through a single procurement system.

When Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in 2015, it was one of the worst disasters to ever hit the Pacific region. The Category 5 Cyclone left 75,000 people in need of emergency shelter.

One year later Cyclone Winston slammed into Fiji. Its 225mph winds demolished structures all across the main island. Another Category 5 cyclone, Winston left 44 people dead and was the strongest on record to make landfall anywhere in the world.

09 Jun 2017 description

WFP is exploring the use of existing systems to provide effective assistance to shock affected populations, including government social protection schemes and social safety nets, and their related targeting mechanisms, transfer modalities and delivery mechanisms. Leveraging these existing systems, WFP aims to develop or strengthen their shock-responsive capacities in order to increase the effectiveness, cost efficiency and timeliness of emergency response.

31 May 2017 description

Children at a school in Fiji are celebrating the opening of new cyclone resistant classrooms today built with donations from New Zealanders.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.

22 May 2017 description

This operation update details the progress of implementation from 22 February 2016 to 30 April 2017. This update also signifies the need to extend the operation by three months from 31 May 2017 until 31 August 2017 to allow the following key activities to be undertaken:

  • Shelter and Settlements

    • To complete the target of 1,200 household on Shelter repair and build back safer in which 64% have been completed.

    • To complete the targeted 35 demonstration model houses in which 50% have been completed.

09 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 8 May 2017 – No electricity, no problem. Seventy-four solar refrigerators will be distributed to more than 100 health centers in Cyclone Winston affected areas in Fiji, to ensure life-saving vaccines or medicines stay effective even without electricity.

05 May 2017 description
report Government of Fiji

Fiji’s presidency of COP23 - the ongoing UN climate negotiations - has been the focus of talks in Tokyo between the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kiyoshi Odagawa.

03 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2015-16. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework.

02 May 2017 description

NADI – Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands, is one of the major themes that was discussed at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster in Nadi, Fiji this week.

The meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

11 Apr 2017 description

12:43 pm today

The World Health Organisation says people in Fiji can still do more to combat rising depression rates.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

06 Apr 2017 description

Fiji is rolling out its third phase of reconstruction assistance for the rebuild after Cyclone Winston.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

27 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms of numbers of casualties and people affected. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.

22 Mar 2017 description
report UN News Service

22 March 2017 – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.

“It was one of the strongest cyclones to have hit any country in the Southern Hemisphere,” recalls Mr. Semi Koroilavesau, Fijian Minister for Fisheries. “That was quite catastrophic for Fiji and we are still recovering from it,” he adds, sombrely.

12 Mar 2017 description

La mayoría de los desastres naturales son predecibles en cierta medida, por lo que resulta importante invertir en los planes de protección social del gobierno para fortalecer su capacidad de resiliencia a largo plazo

04 Mar 2017 description

Lessons learned from Tropical Cyclone Winston

By UNOCHA ROAP
IN OCHA PACIFIC

IMPACT OF THE CYCLONE

02 Mar 2017 description

2016-KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Joint FAO-WFP support to Fiji Food Security & Livelihoods Cluster to complete Tropical Cyclone Winston Recovery Needs & Vulnerability Assessment

  • Cluster support, such as (training, workshops and remote support) activities and plans proposed for Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu

  • Joint WFP-UNDP-rPFSCsupport to Solomon Islands Rapid Sectoral Assessment and 72-hr assessment tool training for Makira earthquake response

02 Mar 2017 description

Fiji's Sodelpa party leader has called on the Prime Minister to admit the failure of the government's Help for Homes initiative that was supposed to assist those hardest hit by last year's Cyclone Winston.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.

23 Feb 2017 description

By Lauren Hayes, IFRC

Only a few days before Tropical Cyclone Winston tore across Fiji, Seru Sevutia was sitting in a disaster preparedness and response training session.

He knew the training would be useful for his work as a Red Cross volunteer, but he didn’t think he would have to put it into practice so soon.

“The training was that week. On Saturday, Winston came,” he says.

23 Feb 2017 description
report CARE

Scraps of wood, broken bricks and sheets of corrugated iron are piled atop the foundations where family homes once stood.

Alumita, a mother of three girls, points to the spot in her former home where she huddled her children during the storm.

As the house was crumbling down around them, she used her own body to shelter her daughters. Heavy timber railings collapsed on her back causing injuries and pain that would burden her for weeks.