Aid Worker Diary: Tropical Cyclone Evan

Tropical Cyclone Evan hit the Pacific islands of Fiji, Samoa and the French territory of Wallis and Futuna in December 2012 leaving a trail of destruction. The strong winds and heavy rains caused serious damage to houses, schools, hospitals and key economic and tourist infrastructure across all three island nations. In total, four people died, more than 16,000 people were displaced, and 1400 houses destroyed. The total population of the three islands is more than 1.1 million people - so an event like this is devastating but it could have been much worse had there not been such extensive planning as the storm advanced.

The Head of OCHA Japan, Masaki Watabe, was deployed on mission to OCHA’s Regional Office for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji to support the Government led relief and recovery effort.

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