Fiji: Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston Situation Report No. 17 (as of 15 March 2016)

Situation Report
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  • The number of damaged or destroyed houses has been revised to 28,000.

  • All evacuation centres in Northern and Central Divisions are now closed.

  • Over 530,000 seed packages have been distributed.

Situation Overview

Government-led clusters are developing greater clarity over sector-specific humanitarian needs. The number of damaged or destroyed houses has been revised from 24,000 to 28,000, based on the results of Government-led damage assessments. Of those, 61 per cent were found to be partially damaged and 39 per cent were found to have been destroyed. Almost 5,800 people remain in 256 evacuation centres in Western and Eastern Divisions. To date, Shelter Cluster partners have distributed some 6,500 tarpaulins, 1,400 shelter kits and over 200 tents in the affected areas. Many reports and clusters continue underscoring the need to provide psychosocial support to the affected people, which can be expected after a natural disaster of this scale. The Psychosocial Support and Mental Health Working Group under the Health and Nutrition Cluster is developing a strategy to meet the needs in an appropriate and effective way.

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