Pacific Islands Forum Members, Partners and CROP Agencies Support and Assistance to Fiji Following Tropical Cyclone Winston


Australia has provided AUD$15million to Fiji in response to the cyclone, including humanitarian emergency supplies, medical assistance teams, support for schools and clinics, food assistance, and Australian Defence Force support.

“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. These stores will ensure communities have access to safe drinking water and basic hygiene for those who have lost their houses or are displaced.”

“We are working in partnership with the Government of Fiji and with the Fiji Red Cross Society, UN agencies and NGOs. Australia is in close cooperation with New Zealand and France through our FRANZ trilateral disaster relief arrangement. We are also working with the Pacific Island Forum members as they identify where assistance is required.”
- Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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The Government of Kiribati has given $100,000 to be directed into the National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation account to help those affected.

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The Government of Nauru has given AUD$100,000 to Fiji to help those affected.

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New Zealand
New Zealand’s total contribution to the relief effort is NZ$4.7million. New Zealand Defence Force are helping deliver supplies and repair damage to critical infrastructure.

“The damage to property and loss of life caused by cyclone Winston in parts of Fiji is almost unprecedented in the Pacific.”

”While in Fiji I will meet with New Zealand response staff and hold meetings with the Fiji Government to gain an understanding of what the longer-term needs in Fiji might be.”
- New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

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Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea has offered K$5.5million to purchase shelter, food and medicine for people affected by TC Winston.

“In the Pacific we pull together when disaster strikes and this cyclone is no exception.”

“We hope this funding will make a difference for many people who have lost family members, have lost their houses, lost their possessions and lost their sources of food,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.

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Samoa has pledged assistance of FJD$100,000.00 towards the relief and recovery efforts currently underway.

“As you begin the arduous journey towards rebuilding and the challenges involved in regaining some normalcy, please know we have you all in our thoughts and prayers.”

“As small Pacific states, we share inherent vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change and often-linked natural disasters, despite the setbacks and tragedy, the impact of these experiences also show the incomparable strength, faith and resilience of our people.”

- The Hon. Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

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Assistance from the Tongan Government includes two hundred tents, fifteen hundred litres of drinking water, six tonnes of flour, four tonnes of rice, two tonnes of sugar and a desalination machine. Tongan patrol boats are helping deliver assistance.

"We admire the resilience of the Fijian people and even though you will face many challenges in the days ahead, with the blessings of the Almighty and the strong leadership of your government we are certain that you will quickly recover and rebuild your nation."

- The Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

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The Government of Tuvalu has offered US$109,320.

Fiji received US$168,000 dollars from Tuvalu to help the country's recovery from Cyclone Winston. The donation was handed over by Tuvalu's prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, on Monday, 21st March 2016. It will go into the prime minister's National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund. The money included US$7,000 dollars raised in a two-week-long public appeal in Tuvalu.

The Vanuatu Government has offered US$88,532 for humanitarian assistance.

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Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands has provided FJ$1.2 million to assist the Fijian government’s relief efforts. The money will go into a fund established by Government to directly benefit those Fijians who have been left homeless, without adequate food, water and essential services – especially those in rural and maritime communities.

“We did hand over small assistance equivalent to $SB5m and that's about $F1.2m, and that will go towards immediate assistance but we assured him that we will participate in the longer-term reconstruction of Fiji.”

- The Hon. Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare.
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Associate Members:

French Polynesia
French Polynesia has contributed food rations for affected Fijian communities.

Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP):

Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
The Pacific Community has provided Fiji with disaster response teams and technical assistance where requested by the Government of Fiji. The European Union (EU) is working with SPC to provide FJ$10million to help with the recovery.

SPC and the EU have made available 43,000 fruit and vegetable seedlings to assist with the Fijian Government's nation-wide disaster relief and recovery effort.

“As per our long-standing practice in this disaster-prone region, the Pacific Community stands ready to deploy disaster response teams and provide technical assistance as needed to reinforce the Fiji Government’s capacity.”

- Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga.

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University of the South Pacific (USP)
USP has donated FJ$100,000 to the Prime Minister’s Natural Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund to help the victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston as the first part of a broader support towards Fiji’s relief efforts.

“The University will continue to work in close partnership with the Government of Fiji, our member countries and CROP agencies in order to ensure a coordinated and strategic emergency response.”
- Vice Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra.

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Post Forum Dialogue Partners:

The Chinese Government, through its embassy in Suva, has pledged FJD15 million worth of relief items to the Fijian Government as it ramps up relief support for affected Fijians following Tropical Cyclone Winston. After an initial donation of USD1 million, the Chinese Government confirms that eight (8) incoming flights of relief essentials will land in Fiji beginning on the 17th of March, 2016.
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Has offered to send medical doctors.

European Union
The European Union is working with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to provide FJ$10million to help with the recovery.
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France has offered the use of two CASA aircraft, a helicopter and 3 tons of humanitarian aid.
“France expresses its solidarity in Fiji after the February 20 Category 5 cyclone, Tropical Cyclone Winston, which killed 42 people according to a latest report. We present our condolences to the families of victims.” - Official declaration from the Spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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The Government of India is sending 44 Metric Tonnes of relief material including basic food supplies, medicines, tents and kitchen sets, to help the people of Fiji.
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Italy has channelled US$109,320 through the Red Cross to assist.

The Government of Japan has offered emergency relief supplies including tents, sleeping pads, plastic sheets and generators equivalent to approximately US$150,000.
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Republic of Korea
South Korea has pledged US$50,000 in humanitarian assistance.

Canada's Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, has announced that Canada will be increasing its humanitarian assistance funding to help support people affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji.

The allocation of $750,000 (US$563,122) to the United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF) brings Canada‘s total humanitarian funding in response to this crisis to $1 million (US$750,835).

The funding announced today will help UNICEF to respond to urgent needs in the areas of health care, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as to improve access to education facilities and protection services, including psychosocial support for children.

In the days following the cyclone, Canada responded quickly by contributing an initial $250,000 (US$187,718 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies‘ Fiji Appeal through the Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund.

The European Commission
The European Commission is making available €1 million (US$ 1,118,087,741) in humanitarian aid funding to provide emergency assistance to families impacted by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The funds will be used to provide the most vulnerable with immediate assistance in terms of shelter, food assistance, and access to clean water and sanitation facilities, as well as to help re-launch agricultural activities.

“This is a gesture of solidarity from the European people to the people of Fiji, many of whom have lost their shelters, belongings and sources of livelihoods in the wake of Cyclone Winston," said the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.

“This contribution will not only cover the immediate needs of the most affected populations, but will also support them in restoring their livelihoods so they can get back on their feet at the earliest”.

United States of America
The United States will provide US$500,000 to help displaced families with water, sanitation and hygiene assistance. They have also pledged US$200,000 to support humanitarian coordination. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has given $US100,000 to the Fiji Red Cross Society to address the most urgent needs of the victims of cyclone Winston.

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