Fiji

Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Tomas Situation Report No. 2

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This report was issued by OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, with inputs from OCHA Fiji.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- Fiji was battered by Tropical Cyclone Tomas, Category 4, for two days from Sunday night 14 March, particularly the eastern parts of the Fiji Islands.

- A State of Natural Disaster was declared for the Northern and Eastern Divisions.

- So far, three deaths have been attributed to the cyclone. No serious injuries have been reported.

- Aerial surveys show that significant damage has been sustained in the eastern part of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and the northern Lau group. While reports from field assessments are coming in, so far 144 houses are reported totally destroyed and 174 damaged. More than 20 schools and several health facilities have also been damaged.

- The Fiji Red Cross and government rapid assessment and relief teams have been mobilized and will focus on infrastructural damage and the needs in education, health, agriculture sectors and non-food items. AusAID and NZAID have provided tarpaulins, water containers and purification tablets. UNICEF has provided school tents, education materials, health kits and medical materials, soap and water containers.

- The total population in the area affected by hurricane force winds is around 30,000 people.

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