Fiji: Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston Situation Report No. 19 (as of 23 March 2016)

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  • The State of Natural Disaster has been extended in severely affected areas until 19 April.

  • Over 1,400 people remain in 87 evacuation centres in the Western and Eastern Divisions.

  • Access to safe water has been restored for 150,000 people.

  • Some 300 nurses have completed the Psychological First Aid training.

Situation Overview

On 21 March, the Government of Fiji extended the State of Natural Disaster in the areas severely affected by the cyclone until 19 April. This declaration applies to the following locations: northern Yasawas, Bua, Wainunu, Wailevu, Vaturova, Tunuloa, Savusavu, Rabi, Wainikeli Cakaudrove, Koro, Gau, Ovalau, Verata, Wainibuka, Nakorotububu, Saivou, Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba and the northern Lau group, including Vanua Balavu.

Significant gaps in the provision of emergency shelter supplies remain. The Government has revised the number of houses damaged by the cyclone to 32,000, increasing the estimated number of people in need of shelter assistance to 150,000. Yet, one month since the onset of the emergency, most emergency shelter items are only now beginning to arrive for distribution to some 17,000 households. To date, distributions of some 10,000 items, including tarpaulins, shelter and tool kits and tents, have been reported to the Shelter Cluster. In addition, an estimated 6,500 people who remain in or have left evacuation centres have been found to potentially require additional emergency shelter assistance.

Over 1,400 people remain in 87 evacuation centres in the Western and Eastern Divisions. The first round of data collection for the Evacuee Tracking Matrix (ETM) led by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been completed. Results are being reviewed by the NDMO. Humanitarian partners are ready to act on the findings as soon as the results are made available.

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