The Red Cross Society of China extended an emergency humanitarian aid of $100,000 to the Fiji Red Cross Society on Monday.
“We don’t know how much of piers are pulverized on the outer islands and whether ships conveying help can arrive”, said Dylan Quinnell, a representative for Care Australia in Fiji’s capital Suva.
“We haven’t been able to make contact with all parts of Fiji, although with the assistance of the New Zealand Air Force we’ve managed to do aerial inspections across nearly all of the islands”, he added.
Children, families and communities across Fiji will require extensive support to meet growing and urgent needs around water, sanitation and hygiene, including the provision of water containers, purification tablets, soap and temporary sanitation facilities.
He said officials also have fears about nearby Taveuni Island, home to about 12,000 people, because they’ve managed to have only limited contact with people there.
The death toll from Cyclone Winston has risen to 42.
Joseph Hing, a Fijian who works for UNICEF, wrote about his experience traveling to hard-hit Koro Island, where at least 10 people have died.
According to the Associated Press, with winds reaching 177 miles per hour, Cyclone Winston has become “the strongest storm in the Southern Hemisphere since record-keeping began”.
As well, the death toll was expected to continue rising.
Fiji Airways, under the direction of the NDMO, will freight in relief supplies on their inbound flights. They’ll distribute school bag kits to students so that they are well prepared.
He said water and shelter is being prioritised and there’s hope it’ll be sorted within the next few days.
The fatalities were confirmed on Wednesday by Fiji’s National Disaster Management Minister Inia Seruiratu, the government-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corp reported.
“The scale of damage from TC Winston across Fiji is devastating”, the agency’s Danielle Parry said.