With wind gusts up to 325 KM, Winston is being called the strongest ever cyclone in the Southern Hemisphere. On February 20, 2016 it made landfall in the Island nation of Fiji. Fortunately the government of Fiji has been preparing for just such an event. Safe, well-constructed buildings had been designated as evacuation shelters and people were urged to take refuge at these centers through the storm. As a result there was minimal loss of life. However, destruction to property, homes and crops has been extensive.
Whole villages have been flattened. Over 100,000 people have been affected by the storm.
A specially trained ADRA emergency response team has arrived in Fiji. Local ADRA staff and Seventh-day Adventist church volunteers are already distributing food, water, water purification tablets, first aid kits, and hygiene items.
“Getting food to families is the most urgent need at the moment,” said Iliapi Tuwai, ADRA Fiji’s Country Director. “With gardens and farms destroyed there is little for people to eat. Children are hungry and disease is starting to grow.”
The food packs distributed by ADRA in the hard-hit north of Veti Levu will include rice, tuna, and high-energy biscuits. The packs are designed to provide enough supplementary nutrition for a family of five for a week.
“These food packs will ensure families can survive until more aid can be provided.”
This is just the beginning of ADRA’s response.
“We are already planning to provide emergency shelter and access to safe water and hygiene materials. This is not a disaster that people recover from quickly. We’ve also begun plans for recovery projects that will help people reestablish their homes and livelihoods.”
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