Category-five Tropical Cyclone Winston crashed into Fiji Islands on February 20, bringing winds of over 320km/h, torrential rain and causing extensive damage along its path. It is estimated to be one of the most severe tropical cyclones ever to hit the South Pacific.
The Government of Fiji and the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) are leading response efforts. The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been officially activated in Fiji, however, as global lead of the ETC, the World Food Programme (WFP) is coordinating inter-agency ICT activities in close collaboration and cooperation with government and local partners.
Together with the Fiji Director of Communications, the ETC is co-leading the ‘NDMO Cluster for Telecommunications’, under the direction of the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.