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IR-EMOP - Fiji Emergency Response to Tropical Cyclone Winston

Countries: Fiji | Operations ID: 200952 | Operations type: Emergency Operation (EMOP)

This Operation expired in March 2016

On 20 and 21 February 2016, Category 5 severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji’s main islands. It was one of the most severe cyclones to ever hit the South Pacific.

The Fijian Government reported that some 42 lives were lost and estimates that up to 350,000 people (around 40% of the population) are affected by the cyclone.

Of the estimated overall affected population of around 350,000 people, an estimated 35,000 families (some 175,000 persons) are in need of immediate food assistance (either in kind or through cash). Beyond immediate needs, massive damage to agriculture from the cyclone on top of damage from the earlier drought will necessitate provision of agricultural inputs and support to re-establishing livelihoods.

Under this IR-EMOP, from 01 March to 31 May 2016, WFP will assist through cash transfers 1,400 most affected households, with transfer value covering food needs for two months.