This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 7,093,143 Swiss francs (increased from 7m Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 50,000 people (increased from 38,500 people) for 12 months. The beneficiary population has increased mainly due to changes in the sectors of shelter and settlements; health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH); and livelihoods. The Appeal budget also includes 177,216 Swiss francs to support the IFRC’s role as convenor of the shelter cluster coordination. With the revised budget 51 per cent covered1 , partners and donors are encouraged to further support the funding gaps to ensure the humanitarian needs of the affected population are met. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this time of the evolving operation, and will be adjusted based on further developments and more detailed assessments.
The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date
19 - 20 February 2016: Tropical Cyclone Winston (category 4) passed north of Vava’u in Tonga for a second time, heading towards Fiji. The cyclone (category 5) made landfall in Fiji on 20 February, with the Government declaring a State of Emergency.
23 February 2016: 317,459 Swiss francs allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support FRCS with response to the immediate needs of 5,000 people.
24 February 2016: IFRC surge capacity deployed.
29 February 2016: IFRC Emergency Appeal issued for CHF 7 million to assist 38,500 people.
12 March 2016: some 59,420 people (11,884 households) covered through initial needs assessments, with 25,380 people reached with relief items and emergency relief items. Due to the extent of the disaster, the State of Emergency was extended to 19 April in the areas most severely affected. As of 15 April, the death toll had reachd 44 people with more than 33,000 houses damaged or destroyed.
20 April: Revised Emergency Appeal issued for CHF 7,093,143 to assist 50,000 people.