Wahroonga, New South Wales — Following severe flooding, and the continued threat of cyclone activity in the Western district of Fiji, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is distributing emergency food supplies to the most severely affected families.
At least six people have died and thousands forced from their homes as a result of last week’s floods, with a state of disaster still in place in four major towns. The damage bill has already surpassed $17m, but with a potential cyclone developing, there are fears things could become much worse.
“With the rains and strong winds [of a cyclone], the possibility for the situation to compound is very high,” said Fiji’s Director-General Christopher Ho.
ADRA has a significant role to play in the response as it is the only agency distributing food rations to those severely affected. The Fiji Red Cross and Rotary, along with Caritas and Save the Children and a small number of other aid organisations are also assisting those affected through the distribution of water and non-food items.
The flooding has severely impacted family’s access to food, while also destroying food producing crops. In response, ADRA is distributing emergency food packs which include rice, split peas, sugar, tuna and nutritious biscuits to secure the futures of 2,500 affected families. In total more than 12,000 people will receive emergency food supplies. The packs will provide food for the next two weeks.
“The flooding is worse than that of 2009, yet the disaster has received little international attention,” said Chris Olafson, ADRA Australia’s Director of Emergency Management. “ADRA is ensuring those most vulnerable are receiving the support they need.”
You can help support ADRA’s work in Fiji, and other disaster affected areas around the world through donations to ADRA Australia’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund. To give your support call 1800 24 ADRA or donate online.
ADRA Australia is a Christian aid and humanitarian organisation that empowers communities and changes lives. ADRA Australia works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.
In the past twelve months ADRA Australia has responded to numerous international emergencies including the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, cyclone Giri in Myanmar and the Japanese tsunami in addition to disasters throughout Australia.