The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Cyclone Winston response

Tropical Cyclone Winston was a category 5 storm and the strongest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere. Fiji was very badly affected and we are continuing to work with our partners to help people rebuild.

After wreaking havoc in the Tongan islands of Vava'u and Ha'apai on Friday, 19 February, Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on Saturday, 20 February and raged throughout the night as a category 5 storm.

It is the strongest storm ever to have appeared in the Southern Hemisphere and many areas around Fiji were devastated. In the worst affected areas 100% of crops were destroyed and whole villages were flattened on the island of Koro. More than 350,000 people were affected.

Following the storm, Caritas responded to the urgent needs of affected communities by distributing emergency supplies, including food and tarpaulins for shelter, and providing counselling to the many people traumatised by the disaster.

We are continuing to work with our partners on the ground in Fiji to respond to the ongoing needs of the many affected communities, including providing psychosocial support to traumatised people, and to help them rebuild.

Cyclone Winston destroyed 32,000 homes, so Caritas is also repairing houses and helping ensure communities are better prepared for future emergencies.

We are continuing to accept donations to help communities rebuild, as well as support our ongoing justice and development work in Fiji.

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