Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Cyclone Winston wreaked devastation upon the island nation of Fiji on Saturday 20 February. With wind gusts of over 300kmh, the Category 5 Cyclone was the worst recorded in the island nation’s history. While the capital, Suva, escaped the worst, grave fears are held for people and infrastructure in the outlying areas. A state of national disaster has been declared by the Fijian Government, which will stay in place for one month. Figures on fatalities, injuries and damage to property are sketchy and likely to increase. One aid worker said: “I’m especially concerned about the remote communities…Until communications are re-established and we assess the damage, we won’t know the full extent of the situation.
In response to this destruction, what is it that we can do?
We can pray, and we can put those prayers into practice through giving. GMP has been in partnership in Fiji for over 20 years. We have strong partnerships with five church settings in Fiji. We will also support families from those church communities whose lives and livelihoods have been severely disrupted. We will keep you informed about these needs and our response as they become known.
Uniting World is on the ground in Fiji and is operating through the Methodist Church in Fiji. GMP, through COCOA, will help rebuild infrastructure, and offer timely relief. We would strongly encourage you to support this appeal (see below), which is also tax deductible.
Donate to the Fiji Emergency Appeal (tax deductible)
Photo source looptonga.com and ABC news
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