Fiji: Situation Update as of 1 March 2016

Report
from World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster
Published on 01 Mar 2016 View Original

Situation Overview

  • Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on 20 and 21 February with sustained winds of around 230 kmph. 42 people have been killed and the number of evacuees currently residing in evacuation centres is more than 55,000.

  • Nearly 40,000 people affected are residing on smaller islands in the Eastern Division which have suffered catastrophic damage. The remote location and effects of the typhoon on transportation and infrastructure have caused access to be extremely constrained.

  • The Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is leading the response to the emergency and has activated the Fiji National Cluster System to ensure relief reaches to affected populations.

  • Although not formally activated for this response, the Logistics Cluster, through the lead agency WFP, is working with the NDMO as national cluster lead, supporting the government and humanitarian partners relief efforts through logistics coordination and information management and helping to identify logistics gaps.

Access Updates

  • All airports are reported to be open and operating services, including those on the 13 outer island stations.
    However the increase in relief entering the country has caused tarmac space at Nausori Airport in Suva to becoming congested.

  • The following Jetties remain closed: Savusavu, Taveuni (Blackpoint and Wiyayu) and Koro.

  • The majority of roads are now re-open and accessible. However, many still contain hazards or have limited accessibility including Kubulau Road section which is closed due to tree debris and Kavanagasau Road at Sigatoka which is only accessible for light vehicles due to low hanging power lines.

  • See the latest access constraints map as of 29 February 2016: http://www.logcluster.org/map/accessconstraints-map-29-february-2016