Tropical Cyclone Zena - Apr 2016
Tropical Disturbance TD15F lies just southwest of Fiji and is moving southeastwards. Tropical Disturbance TD14F near Vanuatu is also moving southeastwards. Active trough associated with both TD14F and TD15F are expected to affect the country till Wednesday(6 April) night.(Govt, 4 Apr 2016)
Volunteers and staff from Fiji Red Cross Society are on high alert as heavy rain and flooding affects parts of the country already struggling to recover from Tropical Cyclone Winston...About 80 volunteers are on standby in the north and west of the main island of Viti Levu, which has been battered by wind and rain for two days. The towns of Nadi and Rakiraki have been without power for two days and are cut off by floodwater, as are many remote villages. More than 1,000 people are sheltering in 69 evacuation centres in the Western and Central divisions. (IFRC, 5 Apr 2016)
On 05 April TD16F developed, and overnight TD16F was upgraded to a tropical cyclone. TC Zena is now a category 3 tropical cyclone which is forecast to impact on Fiji over the next 24 hours. (OCHA, 6 Apr 2016)
Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Zena has passed across Tonga without causing any significant damage and is weakening as it moves back out to sea. The cyclone continues to be monitored by Tongan authorities but weather warnings have now been downgraded...In Fiji, authorities report that three people died and there was damage to essential services in the Western Division during flooding which started before the arrival of TC Zena...The Ministry Agriculture has begun assessments to determine the overall impact of TC Zena and the preceding floods. The Food Security Cluster reports that the country’s key vegetable growing area, the Sigatoka Valley, was badly flooded. Agricultural rehabilitation work in the Northern and Western Divisions after TC Winston is feared to have been completely lost in the flooding. FAO is purchasing emergency seed supplies abroad and hopes to bring them quickly to Fiji. Health and hygiene concerns remain, including the risk of mosquito and water-borne diseases. (OCHA, 7 Apr 2016)
Most read reports
- Humanitarian Bulletin: Cyclone Winston - Fiji, 22 April 2016
- Fiji Meteorological Service 7 Day Weather Outlook for Fiji Issued from NWFC Nadi on Monday 4th April, 2016
- OCHA Flash Update #2 Fiji | TC Zena - 6 April 2016
- Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Threat Track Map - Severe Tropical Cyclone ZENA Category 3 (6 April 2016 )
- Concerns over food security in Fiji
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• On 20 and 21 Feb, Cat 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji.
• Winston was the strongest cyclone to make landfall in the Pacific.
• Whole villages were destroyed on the hardest hit outer islands.
• 350,000 people or 40 per cent of the population are affected.
• 31,200 houses were damaged or destroyed • 250,000 affected people were left without access to safe water
Fiji's National Disaster Management Office says phase two of the State of Natural Disaster will end at midnight tonight.
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A magnitude 6.5 and 7.3 earthquake struck Kumamoto Prefecture, in southern Japan, on 14 and 16 April. As of 18 April, 12:00 p.m. local time (GMT+9), authorities confirmed 42 deaths, 1,095 injuries and 11 people are still missing. Some 112,100 people remain in 1,021 evacuation centres in Kumamoto, Oita, Fukuoka, Miyazaki and Nagasaki prefectures – the majority of the affected are in Kumamoto. Aftershocks continue to be felt in the affected areas.
From 4 to 8 April, a series of tropical depressions and the passage of Tropical Cyclone Zena near the island of Viti Levu caused widespread flooding, further compounding the impact of Cyclone Winston which struck the Fijian islands in February. Three fatalities were reported and more than 12,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres. The floods washed away seeds planted after Cyclone Winston, increasing the country’s vulnerability to food insecurity in the coming months.
Crops planted after Cyclone Winston were washed away in this week's floods in Fiji, raising concerns about food security.
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
President and members of The Fiji Institution of Engineers,
Representatives of civil society and the private sector,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Bula vinaka and a very good morning to you all.
Seven weeks ago today, the biggest tropical cyclone the southern hemisphere has ever seen slammed into Fiji and left behind a trail of death, misery and destruction.
Fiji Red Cross volunteers on standby since Tropical Cyclone Zena caused flooding in most parts of Fiji are now conducting assessments and distributing aid to affected settlements.
Heavy rain since Monday caused flash flooding and power cuts in several parts of Fiji, meaning volunteers were unable to reach some villages cut off by floodwaters, though distributions to areas not affected by flooding continued. The water level on many roads around Nadi and Rakiraki has now receded enough for Fiji Red Cross teams to get through.
• TC ZENA continued moving east-southeast weakening. On 7 April at 6.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 180 km south-west of the island of Eua (Tonga) and it had max. sust. wind speed of 65 km/h.
• Over the next 48 h it is forecast to continue moving eastsoutheast weakening further and dissipating. Locally heavy rain and strong winds may affect several parts of Tonga, as well as the southern Lau group of islands (Fiji) over the next 24 h.
This is the fourth and final OCHA Flash Update on Category 1 TC Zena.
Heavy rainfall and destructive winds will wreak havoc on Fiji tonight as the second powerful cyclone of the year pummels the Pacific nation.
Save the Children is preparing for the worst after flooding earlier this week saw entire villages become submerged in water, and roads and communications cut off.
“Earlier this week we had more than 200mm of rain fall in less than 24 hours, and now we have category 3 Cyclone Zena on the way, adding to the woes of those still recovering from Cyclone Winston in February,” said Iris Low-McKenzie, head of Save the Children Fiji.
As the Fiji islands recover from Cyclone Winston, the strongest storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, the Pacific archipelago is now bracing itself for tropical cyclone Zena which has already caused flash flooding. Aid workers, including ShelterBox teams, are sheltering from the intense rains.
For the second time in six weeks the people of Fiji have been ordered to stay indoors as another major cyclone bears down on the paradise islands, and thousands are again heading for evacuation centres.
Tonga experienced heavy rain and high winds this morning but it appears cyclone Zena has weakened significantly as the remnants of the cyclone drift away from the country.
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There are claims in northern parts of Vanuatu that people did not receive warnings from Radio Vanuatu after the approach of Cyclone Zena on Tuesday night.
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• Less than two months after the devastation caused by cyclone WINSTON, cyclone ZENA formed on 5 April over the south-western Pacific Ocean, near the island of Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu). It then moved over Vanuatu making landfall on the islands of Espiritu Santo, Aoba and Pentecost on 5 April with approx. max. sustained wind speed of 65-85 km/h. On 6 April at 6.00 UTC it had max. sustained wind speed of 148 km/h and its centre was located approx. 240 km south-west of the island of Viti Levu (Fiji).
Sea Mercy has a proud history with the South Pacific and their international operations are based in Fiji. Advanced planning coupled with careful partnerships enabled them to respond with aid almost immediately following TC Winston in February and then again this week after TC Zena.
This is the third OCHA Flash Update on Category 2 TC Zena.
Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu has been spared a second major disaster in as many months with Tropical Cyclone Zena weakening to Category 2 system and quickly moving towards Tonga. In the early hours of the morning, the cyclone passed under the southern island of Kadavu, after bringing heavy falls and gusty winds to Viti Levu’s already rain-soaked south-west corner. The cyclone weakened rapidly as it slipped further south and away from the capital Suva, where there was little impact.