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Tropical Cyclone Winston Appeal for Fiji

Samaritan’s Purse is responding to provide emergency relief to families.

Updated 3/3/2016

On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji. The cyclone is estimated to be one of the most severe ever to hit the South Pacific.

The Fiji Government has officially requested international assistance. Samaritan’s Purse is responding to provide emergency relief and assistance to those in greatest need.

350,000 people have been affected by the cyclone. Around a third of them are children. The Fiji Government has requested international assistance.

120,000 people—a third of the affected population—are estimated to need urgent humanitarian shelter assistance. In the hardest hit areas, up to 90 per cent of structures have been destroyed. Over 54,700 people are still sheltering in evacuation centres.

Destruction of household water sources means many families are relying on unsafe and unprotected water sources.

Total damage to agriculture including crops, livestock and infrastructure is estimated at almost AU $77 million. 100 per cent of crops have been lost in the worst affected areas.

265 schools have been damaged or destroyed.

 Around a third of up to 350,000 people affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston are children.
There is an urgent need for shelter, food, water and hygiene kits.

Please help.

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The funds raised will help us provide critical emergency aid and recovery assistance to families and communities in desperate need. If the amount raised is more than is required to meet the emergency needs of those affected, the surplus will be directed to other international disaster responses to help those in greatest need.

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