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. 3 845 people are housed in 68 evacuation centres as of 15 December.
Assessment of the immediate health impact of Cyclone Mick is currently being done.
2 deaths have been reported.
The Government is liaising with all stakeholders and supporting agencies to collate reports and coordinate responses.
International partners and concerned governments are in close communication with the Government for any needs that may arise in the aftermath of the cyclone.
WHO is providing emergency financial support for post-emergency disease surveillance and restoration of health operations in Fiji. The WHO country office remains in close coordination with the government for the provision of further needs.
Ministry of Provincial Development, Multiethnic Affairs, National Disaster Management and Sugar Situation Report 4, 15 December 2009
For further information please contact:
WHO South Pacific
Mr Steven Iddings
Tel : (679) 323 4100
Fax: (679) 323 4166
WHO Regional Office
Dr Arturo Pesigan
Tel: (632) 528 9810
Fax: (632) 528 9072