Winston, The Powerful Storm That Struck Our Nation

FLASHBACK:Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston will be etched in every Fijian’s memory for the rest of their lives. It was the most intense and destructive cyclone on record to hit Fiji,
31 Dec 2016 16:03
Winston, The Powerful Storm That Struck Our Nation
The Subarmani family of Naqoro , Ra had their family home distroyed by cyclone Winston . Photo:RONALD KUMAR.

FLASHBACK:Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston will be etched in every Fijian’s memory for the rest of their lives.

It was the most intense and destructive cyclone on record to hit Fiji, and the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.

A first ever Category 5 cyclone to directly impact Fiji, struck on Saturday, February 20, with wind speeds reaching 233km/hour and wind gusts peaked at around 306km/hour.

Forty four people lost their lives, 27 hospitalised, 117 injured, and one missing.

TC Winston displaced around 55, 195 people and affected 640, 414 across the nation.

According to the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Report by the Government, the estimated value of disaster effects totalled to $1.99 billion.


This includes$1.29 billion in damage (that is destroyed physical assets) and $0.71 billion in losses.

The largest proportion of the affected population was in the Western Division, followed by the Central, Northern and Eastern Divisions.

An estimated 263,000 women may have been affected by the disaster.

The most affected provinces were: Lomaiviti, Cakaudrove, Bua, and Ba

In conclusion, 2016 didn’t start off well for most Fijians affected either through the death of a family member, destruction of homes and properties during TC Winston.

The agriculture sector was one of the worst affected. TC Winston would be a lesson learnt for all of us to be better prepared for future natural disasters.



Eastern Division:

  1. Milika Cama, 14, of Rukuruku village in Ovalau
  2. Selai Waqa, 72, of Nauouo village in Ovalau
  3. Atunaisa, 24, of Nasaibitu Village
  4. Filipe Nawaqalevu,34, of Naveiveiwalisettlemet
  5. Titilia Drekedr, 44, of Manu Village
  6. Sevanaia Bulivou, 50, of Ovalau
  7. Meresita Leba, 72, of SilianaDawasamu
  8. Apisai, 9 months of Sinuvaca Village in Koro
  9. TuragaTakala of Navaga village in Koro
  10. Luke of Nasau Village
  11. Inise Toganiyasawa, 6, of Nasau Village
  12. Lenaitasi Gucake, 66, of Nasau village
  13. Vasemaca, 70, of Nasau village
  14. A 3 year old sboy of Nasau village still missing
  15. 1 Koro islander
  16. 1 Nasau villager of Korovou
  17. 1 Sinuvaca villager of Koro
  18. Sereima Vakasauma, 28, Taviya Village, Ovalau
  19. Seleima Waqa, 12, Rukuruku village, Ovalau
  20. Karailaini Bale, 59, of Moturiki island
  21. Sera Tinaitamana, 39, Qelekuro, Dawasamu
  22. Apenisa Raralevu, 24, Nasaibitu, Wainibuka


Western Division

  1. Titilia Mua, 33, of Matainananu
  2. Keresi Tupou, 98, of Nayavutoka village
  3. Mereoni Nariga, 24, of Dreketi village
  4. Gangamma, 76, of Rakiraki
  5. Osea Sivo of Koronubu in Ba
  6. Solomon Nauca, 56, of Namaka
  7. Pauliasi Naiova, 32, of Nayavutoka village
  8. Josefa Cura, 12, of Naserelagi village
  9. Titilia Drekedreke, 46, of Naibita village
  10. Ravindra Lal, 48, of Saru Back road
  11. Taniela Voreqe, 48, of Vanuakula in Lautoka
  12. Vilive Nayabo, 31, Natabua, Lautoka
  13. Vasiti Donu of Vatusekiyasawa, Ra
  14. Maraia Radoko, 21, of Naqelecibi, Ra


Northen Division:

  1. Usania Nai, 76, of Qamea Island, Taveuni
  2. Evenomi Madigibuli, 54, Navakawau village, Taveuni
  3. 1 Villager from Vanualevu



  1. Gauna Bale, 82, Boitaci Village
  2. Salaseini Tavo, 85,Boitaci Village
  3. Sakiusa Veiqaravi, 35, Boitaci Village,
  4. Temolesi Lesi, 22, Boitaci Village
  5. 1 villager from Vanuabalavu




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