Fiji: Cyclone Yasa
On 17 December, Category 5 super Cyclone Yasa barrelled into Fiji causing catastrophic damage and destruction. Most damage was caused on Fiji’s second-largest island of Vanua Levu.
Multiple assessment teams continue to collect data in the cyclone-affected areas of Vanua Levu to establish the extent of the damage and humanitarian needs. Over 4,000 homes were completely destroyed or damaged, with some remote islands still to be assessed. Essential services continue to be restored and humanitarian assistance is being received in cyclone-affected communities.
More than 900 people remain in evacuation centres, all in the Northern Division of Fiji. Fijian authorities are focusing on ensuring all those remaining in evacuation centres are able to return home.
The ETC in the Pacific is working with regional partners and authorities in Fiji to support the response to Cyclone Yasa as part of the country’s emergency telecommunications response plan.
The Crisis Connectivity Charter was activated on 17 December for data and voice capacity with initial support from Inmarsat.