Strong waves caused by Cyclone Evan wash a beach in Queen
Elizabeth Drive, in Suva. Photo from Reuters
A state of natural disaster has been declared for 15 days
in Fiji as the Pacific nation begins the clean-up in the wake
of Tropical Cyclone Evan.
National Disaster Management Office director Manasa
Tagicakibau said the declaration would allow authorities to
speed up repair work in the north and west, which began
today, FijiLive reported.
Special Administrator for Labasa Vijay Chand said the weather
in the north of the country had calmed and people were trying
to get back to normal.
"People in the town started cleaning their homes today and
the situation is calm. The Labasa market will be open
tomorrow and we will also carry out further cleaning
tomorrow," Mr Chand told the website.
"The roads in the town are open. There were some broken
branches on the roads but they have been cleared. The
enclosure of the Subrail Park has sustained damage due to the
strong winds during the tropical cyclone.
Some of the shops were open today and we expect more shops to
start normal businesses from tomorrow."
Government officials will travel from Suva tomorrow to see
the damage left in Cyclone Evan's path in the north of the
Fiji Times reported 8416 people were in 147 evacuation
centres around Fiji by this afternoon.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New
Zealand would contribute $600,000 to Samoa for relief and
Five additional New Zealand Red Cross workers to travel to
Samoa to support local efforts and further requests for
assistance would also be considered, said Mr McCully.
New Zealand would also make $50,000 immediately available to
Fiji and $170,000 to the Fiji Red Cross which will help to
replenish supplies for those in immediate need, he said.
Tarpaulins, water containers, generators and chainsaw packs
were also on the way to Fiji on commercial flights.
Fiji was pounded yesterday by 270km/h winds, which uprooted
trees and homes, ripped roofs off buildings and caused
widespread power and water outages.
There were no reports of fatalities this morning.
Several charities have launched Tropical Cyclone Evan relief
funds to assist affected communities in Samoa and Fiji.
- The New Zealand Red Cross is deploying a team to Samoa to
assist the Samoan Red Cross. You can donate to their Pacific
Disaster Response Fund here (http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate).
- The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is on
the ground in Samoa, working with the Samoan Disaster
Management Office and providing food, water, blankets and
clothing to those in need. To contribute to ADRA's Samoa
Cyclone Evan Fund, phone ADRA on 0800 4 999 111 or donate
online here (http://adra.org.nz/products-page/donate/samoa-cyclone-evan/).
- Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has launched an Appeal for
Pacific Cyclone Relief, and is committing an initial
NZ$15,000 towards emergency relief in Samoa. Caritas Samoa
sheltering more than 1000 people in its own basement hall and
in three other centres in partnership with the Red Cross.
Click here (http://www.caritas.org.nz/newsroom/media-releases/caritas-mobilises-paci...)
to see how to donate.