Fiji / Pacific: Tropical Cyclone Keni - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - DREF n° MDRFJ002

Situation Report
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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Keni was initially monitored over the Pacific waters as a Tropical Disturbance 13F (TD13F) analyzed far West of Fiji. TD13F was later upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone Category 1 as it moved East South East towards Fiji.

TC Keni increased to Category 2 as it moved towards the Fiji Group on the 9 April 2018. On the morning of 10 April, TC Keni was upgraded to category 3 and was located near 17.8 South 175.4 East. Close to its centre, it reached average winds of up to 150 km/hr.

IFRC CCST Suva activated its Business Continuity Plan and continues to provide technical support to Fiji Red Cross and assist in communication needs on the current situation.

On 12 April, the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director provided an update on TC Keni and the government’s response to the Pacific Humanitarian Team. The director informed that a key focus area for response is Kadavu which was most affected by the cyclone’s path. However, the NDMO is still working with donor partners for aerial reconnaissance to provide the extent of damages in the island, before mobilizing the team on the ground to undertake assessments.

For the Western Division, the areas that were damaged by TC Josie are still the areas of operation. However, as of today, there has been a switch back to recovery and response and relation to TC Josie. NDMO has activated the cleanup teams to complete the activities.