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Fiji Tropical Cyclone Winston Situation Report - 4 March 2016

Fiji Tropical Cyclone Winston Situation Report - 4 March 2016
Mar 2016


On 20 and 21 February, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji, causing widespread
damage in all four divisions: Eastern, Northern, Western and Central. With sustained winds of 230 km per hour and gusts of
325 km per hour, the tropical cyclone was one of the most severe to ever hit the South Pacific. An estimated 350 000 Fijians
were affected (roughly 40 percent of the population), including nearly 55 000 who remain in evacuation centres. The
Government of Fiji – which promptly declared a State of Natural Disaster – estimates the total damage at USD 500 million.

Key messages

  • Damage to crops and livestock is estimated at USD 61 million. This figure will increase following the assessment of the
    fisheries subsector. With much of the country relying on subsistence production to meet their food needs, restoring
    agriculture and fishery-based livelihoods is critical to avoid dependency on food aid in the coming months.
  • Affected families urgently need food and agricultural assistance – including seeds, planting materials and farming
    equipment – to avoid food shortages and quickly replant crops.
  • Fijian women – a majority of whom rely on agriculture as their sole source of income – are particularly vulnerable to
    food insecurity, and must be a key focus of response efforts.
  • FAO requires USD 2.89 million to provide immediate crop, livestock and fisheries support to 25 370 cyclone-affected
    people. The medium- to long-term recovery costs will be greater, and have not been estimated at this time.

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