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OCHA Flash Update #4 Fiji & Tonga | TC Zena - 7 April 2016

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This is the fourth and final OCHA Flash Update on Category 1 TC Zena.

Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Zena has passed across Tonga without causing any significant damage and is weakening as it moves back out to sea. The cyclone continues to be monitored by Tongan authorities but weather warnings have now been downgraded. The Cyclone Warning has now been cancelled but a Gale Warning remains in place for coastal waters and open waters east of Tongatapu, ‘Eua and 'Otu Muomua. A Strong Wind Warning remains in force for the 'Eua, Tongatapu and Ha'apai land areas. There is also a warning for damaging sea swells for Tongatapu, 'Eua, Ha'apai and Vava'u.

In Fiji, authorities report that three people died and there was damage to essential services in the Western Division during flooding which started before the arrival of TC Zena. Flood waters are subsiding in most affected areas and roads are now mostly passable. More than 12,000 people took shelter in 244 evacuation centres as a result of the flooding and the cyclone, most of them in the Western Division. The Ministry Agriculture has begun assessments to determine the overall impact of TC Zena and the preceding floods. The Food Security Cluster reports that the country’s key vegetable growing area, the Sigatoka Valley, was badly flooded. Agricultural rehabilitation work in the Northern and Western Divisions after TC Winston is feared to have been completely lost in the flooding. FAO is purchasing emergency seed supplies abroad and hopes to bring them quickly to Fiji. Health and hygiene concerns remain, including the risk of mosquito and water-borne diseases. Schools will reopen tomorrow.

This will be the final update on this system. For further information, please contact the OCHA Regional Office for the Pacific:

Sune Gudnitz, Head of Office gudnitz@un.org, +679 999 1664

Danielle Parry, Public Information Officer parryd@un.org, +679 777 1433

Additional information is also available on the following websites:

www.unocha.org/rop https://pht.humanitarianresponse.info https://reliefweb.int

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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