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National Emergency Operation Center: Tropical Cyclone Winston Situation Report 53 of 04/03/2016

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The purpose of this report is to provide the update on the current operations undertaken after TC Winston.

This Situation Report is issued by the National Emergency Operation Centre and covers the period from 0000 to 0800 hours, 05/03/2016. Updates in this report summarise all reports and briefs submitted from various EOC’s in the four divisions.


  • Roko Tui Lau is doing consultation around the island on Vanuabalavu on relief and FNPF applications.

  • A team of education officers and medical officers have arrived on Vanuabalavu.

  • A naval ship from New Zealand, 1 from Australia, 1 barge and 1 naval ship from Tonga are berthed at Vanuabalavu dock.

  • A request from Roko Tui Lakeba on reinforcements to Vanuabalavu. He requested if ADO Lau can be considered for the following reasons:

i. To familiarize himself with his area of operation

ii. Form network between the Mata Ni Tikina, Turaga Ni Koro and the people of Lau

iii. And expose himself to rehabilitation work

  • All roads around Koro is accessible as reported by ADO Koro yesterday afternoon;

  • Water Carted by the Australian Defense Force to the village of Kade yesterday.

  • A clean up of Nasau Village by a joint operation from the RFMF Engineers and Australian Defense Force for transfer of Evacuation Center from the school.

  • Distribution of planting materials by Agriculture officers to Tuatua, Mudu, Nakodu, Sinuvaca, Nakaidamu and settlements in Koro.

  • CEO WAF directed for water carting to Waikava settlement, Vunisavisavi & Napuka Secondry School.

  • 50 Hari Krishna Carton rations delivered to Chairperson Advisory Councilor for Distribution to Naveria area, Savusavu, Cakaudrove.

  • Water being carted to Namalata Government Station, Kubulau, Bua.

  • Verifications also continue in terms of data to support the records been obtain from different teams

  • Team continue to distribute food ration, Tarpaulins, Wash Kits and Shelter Kits

  • EOC Central Teams were informed of an incident at Nadaro village in Tailevu where by a group of youths were throwing stones on to a FEA Truck and EOC Central reacted and the case is now with the Police.

  • 3 Evacuation centres (schools) have been closed in Bua.

  • South Taveuni Primary and Secondary School.

  • China gives $2.12m cash, $15m in help – The Chinese Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires counsellor Gu Yu yesterday handed over a cheque for US$1million (F$2.12m) to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for the PM’s relief fund. The Chinese relief package also included relief equipment and supplies including tents, blankets and generators valued at 50million RMB (almost $15million).

  • PM to world: We will rebuild, with your help – We look to the world to assist Fiji to fully get back on its feet, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He said this at the UN Flash Appeal launch which aimed to raise funds to cater for immediate needs of Fijians affected by TC Winston.

  • Deluxe footwear, Pizza King contributes $10K each

  • LTA donates $35K to PM’s relief fund.

  • Government has received $188,679. 25 or Vt10million from the Vanuatu Government to help with relief efforts in the wake of severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.