Fiji: UNICEF Pacific Cyclone Winston Humanitarian Situation Report #10

Situation Report
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  • Heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding in the Northern and Western Divisions, including Nadi and many of the areas worst affected by Cyclone Winston.

  • Category 2 Cyclone Zena is expected to pass west and south of Viti Levu Island and across Kadavu Island in Fiji late on 6-7 April; possibly heading towards Tonga

  • On 4 April, integrated mobile outreach activities (health and nutrition) for hard-to-reach communities were launched and outreach teams oriented.

  • Ministry of Education has closed schools again, and instructed that all temporary learning spaces (tents) be dismantled to avoid damages from Cyclone Zena

As of 6 April 2016 200,000 Estimated # of people who have restored access to safe water

Tropical Depression flooding & Cyclone Zena:

3,500 Estimated # of people newly arrived in 79 evacuation centres as a result of flooding

100% of schools are closed UNICEF Appeal (within the UN Flash Appeal)
US$ 7.1 million

UNICEF’s response with partners

US$ 2.2 million of UNICEF supplies (including logistics costs) have been provided to the Government of Fiji and are being distributed to the most affected areas.

WASH Cluster partners have provided access to safe drinking water to nearly 200,000 people, the majority have had their access to the reticulated water supply system restored by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF).

UNICEF supported integrated mobile outreach activities for hard-to-reach locations that have been launched by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) to conduct immunisation and nutrition activities. The first teams will travel to: Ra Province coastal areas, islands and highlands; Ba Province highlands; and Koro Island in Lomaiviti Province. Funding was provided through Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

UNICEF is currently facilitating a workshop for 68 technical partners to train teachers and caregivers on how to meet the psycho-social needs of children after Cyclone Winston. In addition, children’s’ books, posters and a ‘teacher/adult caregiver tips guide’ will be developed.

An Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) specialist has been deployed by UNICEF to provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) to strengthen existing practices and ensure compliance with international best practice.