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ACT Alliance Alert: Tropical Cyclone Evan, Fiji and Samoa

Source: ACT Alliance - Switzerland - Fri, 21 Dec 2012 02:35 PM
Author: Elisabeth Gouel
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Alert

Fiji and Samoa

Tropical Cyclone Evan – Fiji and Samoa

Geneva, 21 December 2012

This alert is generated on behalf of the ACT Forum Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

1.         Brief description of the emergency and impact

On 13th December 2012 Tropical Cyclone Evan hit Samoa and then moved on to Fiji, hitting Fiji on 16th December. The cyclone has left a wide path of destruction across Samoa and Fiji. In some areas, houses and buildings have been destroyed or badly damaged and crops have been flattened.

2.         Why is an ACT response needed?

The church communities in these two countries are currently assessing the damage to determine the support needed. Support may be needed where to re-establish community services that have been damaged or destroyed.

3.         National and international response

National and International emergency services appear to have addressed the majority of the humanitarian emergency needs. Longer term rebuilding will need to be monitored. Emergency response staff from Australia have arrived to assist in assessment work. In addition, flights containing emergency relief supplies have left Australia for Samoa and Fiji. Support includes tarpaulins, shelter kits, water containers, blankets and hygiene kits including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sanitary kits and laundry detergent. This will support shelter and sanitation needs for around 720 families, provide water for 1,500 families and blankets for 3,000 people. Main needs emerging from initial assessments are to ensure safe water supply, temporary shelter and repairs to essential infrastructure.

4.         ACT Alliance response

The ACT ANZ members will use their expertise and support could be provided in terms of logistics, damage assessment and rescue, rehabilitation of houses and community facilities, water, and livelihoods.

5.         Planned activities

ACT ANZ members, especially UnitingWorld and CWS NZ are in touch with local partners on the ground in Fiji and Samoa and will negotiate small scale initiatives as funding permits.

6.         Constraints

Responses will be necessarily localised and small scale. It will be matched with the financial recourses and the capacity to respond.

Any funding indication or pledge should be communicated to Jean-Daniel Birmele, Director of Finance (jbi@actalliance.org).


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