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Cyclone Winston

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A man points to a house that has been destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Supplied: Joe Yaya - Source ABC News

On 20 February 2016, Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston, the strongest cyclone in Fiji’s history, made landfall. The Government of Fiji has declared a State of Natural Disaster for Fiji, and that the declaration will remain in effect until March 21.

The member agencies of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum have worked alongside their Fijian partners for years, helping them prepare for natural disasters. These longstanding partnerships mean that when disasters like Winston strike, our agencies can respond in a way that’s fast, effective and in line with the real needs of local communities.

After all the preparation, now is the time to respond. That’s where the New Zealand public comes in. The work of our humanitarian agencies can’t happen without the public’s help. That’s why New Zealand’s humanitarian agencies are appealing now to the New Zealand public now to support their emergency operations in Fiji and Tonga – where Winston’s destructive power was also felt.

NDRF members are working with partners to respond to the impacts of TC Winston. The following agencies have launched public appeals to support their efforts in the response: 

ADRA, Caritas, CWS, Habitat for Humanity, Oxfam, Rotary, Salvation ArmySave the Children, TEAR Fund, UNICEF and World Vision.

For the latest news on the Cyclone Winston response, visit the NDRF news page.