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28 Jul 2010 description

MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT

It is always a pleasure for me to write this Report. This is because it gives me an opportunity to reflect on our Society, our work, our achievements and to contemplate where we go from here. Circumstances evolve of course and it is our challenge to remain focused on our objectives, maintaining and improving our standards when carrying out our work and to abide by our Fundamental Principles at all times.

15 Jul 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

The Ministry of Agriculture has today received a funding of $109,589.30 to facilitate rehabilitation works for Tropical Cyclone Mick in the form of seedlings, weedicides and planting materials from the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP).

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Mason Smith said a total of 15,000 farmers in the Central and Western Divisions respectively will benefit from this rehabilitation program.

"The provision of the funding assistance was also used to procure 360,000 kumala cuttings at a cost of $18,000, 1320 litres of weedicides at a cost of $20,116.80 and …

24 May 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama provided Cabinet with a status report on the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts for Tropical Cyclone (TC) Tomas.

The Prime Minister said that the total damage cost incurred by Tomas is estimated at $83.4 million.

The Prime Minister said that the agriculture sector was the most severely affected with damages estimated at $52,255,695, followed by infrastructure at $14,150,787 which include residence, education and health facilities.

He said that assistance has been received from development partners, local …

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary: The Pacific region experienced both large and small disasters in 2009. In the first two months of the year, Pacific Red Cross national societies responded to flooding in Fiji caused by a tropical depression; flooding caused by sea swells in Papua New Guinea and Kiribati; and devastating bushfires in Australia. Later in the year, teams were mobilized to provide immediate relief and ongoing psychological support to survivors of the sinking of the Princess Ashika Ferry in Tonga.

28 Feb 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

1.0 INTRODUCTION

• Cyclone Mick hit all major islands of the Fiji Islands group, on December 14th 2009. UNICEF Pacific estimates that 17,500 people in the Rewa river delta were severely affected. UNICEF distributed via Red Cross to cyclone-affected households 1350 packets containing 10L collapsible water containers, soaps, water purification tablets, water purification tablets brochure and hygiene IEC materials (‘Emergency hands’). Also through the radio and TV, the key messages on public health and hygiene were disseminated.

02 Feb 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

Cabinet has approved funding assistance for the rehabilitation works on crop, livestock and infrastructure development, following Tropical Cyclone Mick.

The Ministry of Agriculture will source $3,780,492 required for immediate rehabilitation efforts, from its 2010 Budget.

Tropical Cyclone Mick was the first tropical cyclone for the season to pass over Fiji Group on 14th December, 2009.

Cabinet based its decision on a submission by the Acting Minister for Primary Industries, the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Urban Development, Colonel Samuela Saumatua.

The Minister …

21 Jan 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

Ministry of Information

The Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will conduct a training for trainers for Gender, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change at Tanoa Plaza today.

The training is targeted at Government ministries working in the areas of disaster risk management, vulnerable communities, and community outreach officers affiliated to these departments.

The objective of the training is to familiarise Government officials and field staff with key concepts associated with gender, …

08 Jan 2010 description
report Government of Fiji

An American visitor to Fiji donated $4000 to the Prime Minister's Cyclone Relief fund.

Mr Jimmy Phong, owner of the Welco Supermarket in Sacramento, California recently visited Fiji during the height of Cyclone Mick and saw the devastation it had caused.

Touched by the friendly hospitality of Fiji, Mr Phong returned to America and immediately sent the donation to his business associate Mr Yaswant Singh who together with Fiji's Consular to San Francisco Dr Narayan Raju presented the donation to Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Singh told PM Bainimarama that …

04 Jan 2010 description

GENERAL INFORMATION

On 14 December 2009, Tropical Cyclone Mick struck Fiji, bringing destructive storm force winds with average speeds of 90 to 100 kilometers per hour. Houses and other infrastructure were damaged or destroyed and low-lying and coastal areas flooded. National initial damage assessments are estimated at around FJD 25.8M (USD 13.3M).

As of 23 December, 3 evacuation centres remain open, with 76 people in temporary shelter.

HEALTH IMPACT

Close monitoring is being done on the spread of communicable disease following the typhoon. No outbreaks have been confirmed.

30 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary:

The last six months have been marked by a number of small and large scale disasters in the Pacific region. The Red Cross Societies of Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji have responded to the needs of communities affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, a sunken Ferry, a triple epidemic (cholera, dysentery and influenza), a volcano eruption, floods and a cyclone.

29 Dec 2009 description

S'inscrivant dans l'effort de solidarité qui s'est manifesté en Océanie suite aux dégâts majeurs causés par le passage du cyclone MICK sur les Iles Fidji le 15 décembre dernier, le gouvernement français a décidé de l'attribution d'une aide d'urgence d'un montant de 50 000 euros au bénéfice de la Croix-Rouge des Iles Fidji.

Cette aide directe du gouvernement français à l'effort de reconstruction et de réhabilitation des zones sinistrées vient en complément au soutien aérien apporté par les Forces françaises en Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC), qui avaient …

22 Dec 2009 description

Damage in Fiji's Eastern Division - where authorities say losses from Cyclone Mick were most extensive - has been initially estimated at $US3.6 million.

The National Disaster Management Office says the Western Division is next in the damage toll, with an estimate of $2 million.

There were 23 primary schools damaged in the Western Division and 16 in the central division.

The Fiji Times reports six secondary schools were also damaged .

The cyclone killed four people in Fiji.

Dairying hit

A New Zealand-owned dairy farm in Fiji says it expects losses of around a million …

21 Dec 2009 description
report Government of Fiji

An urgent meeting attended by Heads of Departments of the Agriculture Ministry was held today at the Headquarters in Raiwaqa to determine the extent of damages to the agricultural sector after the country was hit by Cyclone Mick early last week.

In heading the discussions, Minister for Primary Industries, Mr. Joketani Cokanasiga said that the Department's priority will be to repair damaged infrastructures like sea-walls and drains in farming areas.

Mr.

20 Dec 2009 description

Australia will provide $100,000 in assistance to Fiji for the adverse consequences of the impact of Cyclone Mick, which caused significant damage to Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, on 14 December.

The cyclone caused heavy rainfall, strong winds and some flooding.

Fiji authorities have reported that four people have died.

Australia is concerned for the welfare of all those affected by Cyclone Mick and will offer appropriate assistance to help the people of Fiji.

This funding will provide for the immediate distribution and replenishment of relief and sanitation supplies and …

17 Dec 2009 description

GENERAL INFORMATION

On 14 December 2009, Tropical Cyclone Mick struck Fiji, bringing destructive storm force winds with average speeds of 90 to 100 kilometers per hour. Houses were destroyed and low-lying and coastal areas flooded.

16 Dec 2009 description

New Zealand is making a $100,000 contribution to relief efforts in Fiji following Cyclone Mick, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.

"Tropical Cyclone Mick forced around 3800 people in Fiji to evacuate their homes, and we have reports that three people have died and three others are missing," Mr McCully said.

"There is localised damage to homes, roads and public utilities in Fiji as well as a need for humanitarian assistance in some areas.

"Fiji remains a close neighbour despite our differences with the regime.

16 Dec 2009 description

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Article 2(f) and Article 15(2) thereof;

Whereas:

(1) The Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, particularly exposed to natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tidal surges, landslides, flash floods, droughts, forest fires, volcano eruptions, as well as epidemics;

(2) Local communities are particularly vulnerable …