The U.S. Embassy announces that the United States will provide additional assistance toward the relief efforts following devastating Cyclone Winston. The United States will provide 500,000 USD to sustain displaced families with water, sanitation and hygiene assistance, as well as another 200,000 USD to support humanitarian coordination. These efforts add to the 100,000 USD provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on February 24.
The U.S. is committed to sustained cooperation with Fiji to help communities build resilience in dealing with natural disasters through programs such as the Coastal Community Adaptation (CCAP) program. Two CCAP communities along the impacted southern coast of Vanuatu Levu weathered the storm without significant damage, and we rejoiced in the fact that the four cyclone-proof homes funded by USAID in Vunisavisavi are intact and served as shelter during the storm.
On January 22, 2016, our Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance launched a program called “Building Resilient Communities” with the Fiji Red Cross, which includes a grant of 1,278,000 delivering emergency aid, including support for a comprehensive response to Cyclone Winston.
As Fiji starts to recover from the devastation, the U.S. Embassy would like to reiterate its condolences to the families that lost their loved ones, their homes and have seen their communities suffer. The resilience and fortitude displayed by the Fijian people in the aftermath of this tragedy is truly amazing.
The United States is proud to join the Fijian government and other governments and organizations in working with the Fijian people to rebuild after Cyclone Winston.