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Relief For Cyclone Winston Victims Pour In

As the destructive scale of Tropical Cyclone Winston emerges daily, international communities and banks have also stepped up is relief response following calls for assistance by the Fijian Government. Below
24 Feb 2016 10:52
Relief For Cyclone Winston Victims Pour In
Cyclone Winston

As the destructive scale of Tropical Cyclone Winston emerges daily, international communities and banks have also stepped up is relief response following calls for assistance by the Fijian Government. Below is a list of countries and banks that have made donations and the kinds of assistance they are providing.

 

China

On the afternoon of February 22nd, Chinese Embassy in Fiji forwarded $100,000 USD (F$213,220) of emergency humanitarian aid from China Red Cross Society to the Fijian counterpart. The aid is the first donation that Fiji Red Cross Society has received from foreign government since the strike of “Winston”.

Chinese Embassy in Fiji is in close connection with relevant departments of Fijian Government for the disaster situation and the needs of Fiji.

China is willing to continue to provide humanitarian aid to Fiji and actively participate in its reconstruction, sparing no effort to help the Fijian people rebuild their homes.

 

India

This was tweeted by Mr Swarup, who is the spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

Vikas Swarup ‏@MEAIndia: Reaching out to a friend in need. India extends US $1million (F$2.13m) in immediate assistance to Fiji after devastating Cyclone Winston hits.

 

United States

The U.S. Agency for International development (USAID) is providing an initial $100,000 (F$213,220) in humanitarian aid to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for critical relief supplies and basic water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance.

A disaster expert from USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance is on the ground in Fiji and is working with the national government to assess damage, identify needs, and coordinate response efforts.

 

Australia

Australia is providing an initial AU$5 million (F$7.73m) package of assistance to Fiji in an immediate  response to the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This package will support those in greatest need, facilitating the rapid release of pre-positioned stores and food items to assist people who remain in evacuation centres or who have been displaced due to the cyclone.

Australia has offered P3 Orion aircraft to Fiji to assist with aerial surveillance of affected areas.

These are on standby in the region. Australia has also offered  MRH-90 helicopters to assist Fiji to carry out assessments and provide relief to the outlying islands affected by the Cyclone.

 

New Zealand

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced a further Defence Force flight to Fiji and NZ $1.8 million (F$2.57) in funding, bringing New Zealand’s total immediate contribution to relief efforts following Tropical Cyclone Winston to more than $2 million.

 

Commonwealth

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma expressed the Commonwealth family’s solidarity with Fiji following the loss of lives and devastation wrought by Tropical Cyclone Winston over the weekend.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and devastation caused in Fiji by Tropical Cyclone Winston. I am calling on the Commonwealth family to provide support to Fiji through coordinated disaster relief in the aftermath of this crisis” he said.

The Commonwealth sees the vulnerabilities of its small states as a particular priority, with the Commonwealth’s work in this area focusing on resilience and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

 

European Union

Following the announcement of the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Mr. Christos Stylianides, the European Union has deployed an emergency assessment expert in Fiji to help assess the damage caused by tropical cyclone Winston and to advise the European Union (EU) on the need for humanitarian assistance.

The expert from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department arrived into the country and will begin work immediately.

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