ADRA responds to Fiji floods

ADRA Fiji team members assembling the WASH kits. (Photo: ADRA Fiji Facebook page)

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As Fiji braces for another cyclone, the clean-up continues from Tropical Cyclone Josie, which caused heavy flooding and extensive damage in western parts of the country over the past week.

According to the Fiji Meteorological Service, Cyclone Keni is expected to be close to Fiji this afternoon. Heavy rain and gale force winds are predicted.

It follows a week of heavy rainfall and flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Josie, which resulted in five deaths as people were swept away in floodwaters. Thirty-seven evacuation centres were established to provide temporary accommodation for more than 2244 evacuees.

ADRA Fiji in coordination with ADRA South Pacific has responded to the crisis by distributing 94 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) kits to the most-affected communities in Ba Province in the north-western sector of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island.

The kits are important to stop the spread of water-borne diseases. They comprise two 10-litre collapsible water tanks, a 7-litre bucket with lid, water filter, five 80g bathing soaps, one 500g washing bar and sanitary pads. The ADRA team also conducted hand-washing demonstrations.

The project was funded by ADRA Australia, ADRA New Zealand and the Fiji Mission.

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