Tropical Cyclone Yasa lashed Fiji last night. The Category 5 cyclone had sustained winds of 250kmh with gusts reaching 350km/h and causing waves of up to 12m. Locals affected have described it as “the most terrifying experience of their lives” and a Fijian journalist reported that she had “never seen anything like it before”. This morning, the Anglican Church in Fiji has been out assessing the impact and levels of damage. These assessments will inform our response.
We know already that houses and trees have been flattened and severe flooding and landslides have forced a number of roads to close and more than 23,000 people remain in evacuation centres. Widespread power outages have been experienced this morning and storm surges of up to 16m are expected to affect some coastal communities.
Anglican Missions is partnering with Tearfund NZ to assist the most vulnerable in the immediate aftermath. Anglican Board of Missions and Anglican Overseas Aid (both in Australia) are also launching appeals in support of the Anglican Missions response. Funds raised by these three agencies will be channeled through Anglican Missions.
Cyclone Yasa is a double disaster for Fiji which is still recovering from the devastating impact of COVID-19 which has had such a significant impact on the economy and people’s livelihoods. Christmas is all about giving, and our brothers and sisters in Fiji need our help urgently. Please pray for Fiji and for everyone affected. Your generosity will help us reach as many affected people as possible.
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Click here for a Tearfund video on TC Yasa that references Anglican Missions. We will be updating this page regularly as information becomes available.
Photo courtesy of Save the Children