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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.

22 Feb 2017 description
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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.