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.
Fiji Government estimates almost 40% of country's population have been affected by the cyclone
Suva, 31 March, 2016 – More than a month after Cyclone Winston left a trail of destruction across Fiji, thousands of people are still in need of urgent assistance.
The Fiji Government estimates that almost 350,000 people – 40% of the country’s population – have been affected by the Category 5 storm, the strongest ever to hit Fiji.
Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) received 75 tonnes of relief items valued at FJD$1.2 million from its counterparts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The relief items include 1,215 tarpaulins, 1,350 shelter tool kits, 2,406 kitchen sets, family tents and jerry cans. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Asia-Pacific zone office in Kuala Lumpur sent the additional relief items to assist FRCS with its relief work to those who were affected by Cyclone Winston.