(New York, 4 March 2016): United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien will release up to US$8 million from CERF to provide urgent humanitarian assistance for people in Fiji affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston, one of the most severe cyclones ever to hit the South Pacific.The cyclone hit Fiji on the 20th of February causing widespread and significant destruction, affecting more than 350,000 people, approximately one third of the country’s population.
“Whole villages have been destroyed, homes and crops have been damaged, power lines have been cut and many people sheltering in evacuation centres,” said United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien. “These funds will enable partners to kick start the delivery of immediate, life-saving response to communities devastated by the cyclone,”
CERF funds will specifically support the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance for shelter, health, nutrition, water and sanitation emergency education, nutrition and logistics which are among the priorities for the affected communities. Housing is considered immediate priority with more than 24,000 home destroyed by the cyclonic winds and storm surges.
“CERF funds are provided for the immediate and initial response and will ensure relief for those communities who have lost almost everything. However more needs to be done and quickly. I urge the international community to support the relief effort and ensure that the people of Fiji receive the assistance now when they need it the most," said Mr. O’Brien.
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