Suva, Fiji - The Fijian Government and the United Nations have jointly launched a US$38.6 million Humanitarian Emergency Appeal for the 350,000 people affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston that is aimed at complementing the relief efforts of the Fijian Government to date.
per cent of the population affected, there is now an urgent need for international support to fund critical activities over the next three months,” United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani said.
In partnership with the Fijian Government, a Humanitarian Emergency Appeal has been developed covering urgent lifesaving projects that require US$ 38.6 million in support from the international donor community.
“The United Nations stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Fiji and its government as they respond to the catastrophic impacts of Tropical Cyclone Winston. On behalf of people affected by this disaster I urge the international community to give generously to this appeal,” Ms Lubrani said.
The Fijian Government estimates the cost of the damage from Cyclone Winston will top FJ$1 billion (US$ 500 million). Shelter, health, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and protection have been identified as the most urgent needs and are all covered by projects in this appeal.
“There is a critical need for the construction of emergency shelter in the worst hit areas with more than 50,000 people temporarily displaced. Hospitals and medical facilities have been destroyed or damaged, and water sources are contaminated. There is a huge demand for debris clearance and a need for the rapid provision of clean water and sanitation services to reduce the spread of disease,” Sune Gudnitz, Head of the United Nations Pacific Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
With the loss of 100 per cent of crops in some areas and serious damage to boats, fishing equipment and food gardens, the humanitarian community is anxious to provide people with access to food, as well as seeds and other agricultural inputs and fishing supplies.
“A top priority for the Government is the provision of temporary classrooms with water and sanitation facilities and learning materials in damaged schools so that students can re-start their education and return to normalcy,” Mr Gudnitz said.
This kind of appeal is an internationally recognised tool used to quickly secure funds for United Nations Agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs), to support a Government’s response to an emergency. This appeal is a preliminary estimate of needs that is based on currently available information and is open to revision as assessments are completed.
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