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Large scale aid delivery to support those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston

26/02/2016


Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, tore across Fiji on Saturday 20 February, devastating the Pacific nation.

CARE Australia is on the ground with local partner Live & Learn in some of the worst affected areas, assessing damage caused by the storm and working with the Fijian Government to reach those in urgent need.

With the help of CARE Australia’s airline partner, Virgin Australia, CARE aid workers have been transported to Fiji to join the emergency response efforts. CARE and Live & Learn teams are working to ensure the most vulnerable, including women and children, can access safe and clean water and families who have lost everything can get back on their feet.

Head of CARE Australia’s emergency response team in Fiji, Charlie Damon says: “Our key focus is on rehabilitating water supplies and promoting sanitation and hygiene, as safe drinking water is crucial and we know diseases can spread so easily after this type of event.”

As part of the response, CARE Australia, Virgin Australia and Live & Learn are coordinating one of the first large scale aid relief movements in to Fiji. The first cargo load of approximately three tonnes of sanitary aid will leave Melbourne Airport bound for Nadi at 9.45am on Saturday 27 February.