In April 2018, the Fiji islands were hit by two cyclones about a week apart. On April 1-2, Cyclone Josie, a category 1 storm, brought severe flooding to southeastern Fiji. On April 11, Cyclone Keni, a category 3 storm, hit the same communities, compounding the effects of extensive flooding and high winds. Eight people died during the storms, which also caused landslides and damaged roads across the country.
Assistance provided: water, sanitation and livelihood support
The storms damaged more than 1,500 homes and destroyed large tracks of farmland and crops. The high winds and storm surges from Cyclone Keni caused extensive damage to infrastructure. More than 14,000 people sought shelter in evacuation centres during and after the storms. The damage to crops and other plantations, the main source of food for most residents, means at least 4,000 households require food assistance. Damage to water and sewage systems increase the risk of the spread of disease, while damage to at least 90 roads means access to affected communities is difficult. An estimated 20,000 people are in need of water, sanitation and hygiene assistance.
To provide families with access to secure and gender-appropriate toilets and provide emergency livelihood support through the distribution of seeds, tools and in-kind support
-Construct and rehabilitation 94 latrines so 636 households with access to toilets and washing materials and facilities that are culturally appropriate, secure, sanitary and gender appropriate.
-Provide livelihood support, including the distribution of food vouchers, that is culturally appropriate and targets most vulnerable households, focusing on female-headed households
Oxfam has been working in Fiji since the early 1990’s with a number of local partners, who have a proven record of implementing emergency responses after a disaster. Oxfam and its partners have strong relationships with local communities. Oxfam is recognized as a key player in responding to disasters in the region.