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The purpose of this report is to provide the update on the current operations undertaken after TC Winston.
This Situation Report is issued by the National Emergency Operation Centre and covers the period from 0800hrs - 1600 hours, 09/03/2016. Updates in this report summarise all reports and briefs submitted from various EOC’s in the four divisions.
1.0 NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Category 5 Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone to ever hit Fiji and with some of the highest wind speeds at landfall ever recorded globally, severely affected around 40% of the population.
Around 19,000 people are living in 557 evacuation centres, including in 23 schools.
UNICEF supplies have provided safe drinking water for over 26,000 people and assisted over 6,000 students to return to school.
• 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.
This is the first OCHA Flash Update on Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston Category 5 is now moving west from Tonga and is expected to reach Fiji’s Lau Islands tomorrow morning.
The Fiji Met Service says the cyclone is expected to maintain Category 5 intensity as it tracks west, directly over the centre of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu (pop 650,000).
The current path would take the cyclone just north of Suva (pop 100,000) overnight on Saturday/Sunday, reaching Nadi (pop 52,000) during the day on Sunday.