281 people remain in 13 Evacuation Centers in Fiji, down from 1,202 on 28 December
810 people are in Evacuation Centres in Samoa, down from 4,500 on 28 December.
Restoration of electricity, water supply, and addressing sanitation issues in the temporary shelters remain priorities for response. A detailed analysis of the initial damage assessment on the wellbeing of the community is still ongoing.
However, given that the provision of shelter kits has enabled people return home and start repairing houses, the Government aims at closing the temporary shelters managed by the Government by 5 January. Meanwhile, the bulk of the food and water are provided for by the Government of Samoa from local wholesalers and water companies. The National Emergency Operating Centre has responded to more than 1,150 individual requests from the affected families with the provision of relief supplies with the verification of assessments.
A full Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) /Damage and Loss Assessments (DALA) mission is scheduled to takes place from 7 to 20 January (Infrastructure and shelter parts start on 3 January).
The PDNA/DALA mission will be led by the World Bank experts with the support of Government sectoral counterparts and UN and other international agencies. PDNA methodology training will take place on 8 and 9 January, followed by an analysis of baseline data. Preliminary assessments already undertaken in water, health, agriculture and tourism sectors will feed into the PDNA/DALA process, and an Early Recover document is to be developed based on the results of field trips.
The declaration of the State of Natural Disaster was extended for the Western Division until 8 January. The numbers of evacuees and evacuation centres have decreased significantly. The Government encourages evacuees to return home by providing with assistance such as tents and tarpaulins to restore their houses.
Meanwhile, national clusters have organized cluster meetings to discuss and agree on their respective inputs to the Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) which is a strategic planning document for the coming three months, and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is currently compiling the first draft of the HAP.
On 31 December, a coordination meeting between the Division authority and non-governmental and community based organizations operating in the Western Division was held in Lautoka. Better information sharing and operational coordination with NGOs/CBOs to avoid gaps and overlaps were emphasized in this meeting.
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