Cyclone Winston

Fiji sugar industry counting huge cost of Winston

The president of the Lautoka Cane Producers Association said they have lost up to 80 percent of this year's crop.

Parbindra Singh said he expects this figure will rise because many areas have yet to be assessed.

Mr Singh said in some parts of west Viti Levu farmers have lost their entire crop.

"Basically there will be no crop in Penang and Ra association, that is the Raki Raki association but as far as the Lautoka mill is concerned we might have thirty percent of cane, maximum."

Digicel provides discounted calling to and from Fiji to assist with communications post TC Winston

This is in a direct response to TC Winston which hit the Fiji Islands late on Saturday. 

Digicel Pacific’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Murphy said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with all the communities affected in Fiji and the wider Digicel family stands ready to assist where possible. We had been tracking the progress of Cyclone Winston and are now activating the communications recovery plan that was in place. This includes working with our Pacific neighbour’s, and our valued partners to provide heavily discounted calling to and from Fiji”.

Cyclone Winston death toll in Fiji increases to 42

Minister for National Disaster Management Office, Inia Seruiratu said one person is still missing.

Meanwhile a 10 month old baby is reported missing in Koro Island in the Eastern Division.

Ocean heat fuelled Fiji's Cyclone Winston, meteorologists say

“The warmer the sea-surface temperature, the stronger a tropical cyclone can get,” Bob Henson, a meteorologist and climate blogger at Weather Underground, told Al Jazeera in an email. 

“Sea-surface temperatures have been especially warm this year across much of the tropical Pacific, largely as a result of the current El Niño on top of the long-term warming,” Henson said.

Winston forecast to have little effect on Vanuatu

Winston, now a category three, is currently about 370 kilometres east-northeast of Tanna and with winds as high as 155 kilometres an hour at its centre.

Tom Natick, from Vanuatu's Meteorological Service, said the eastern part of Tafea could expect some strong winds, heavy rain, and rough seas, but the cyclone did not pose any particular danger.

Vanuatu issues cyclone warning for Winston

Cyclone Winston was located about 345 kilometres east of Erromango and 325 kilometres northeast of Aneityum.

Winston is moving in a southerly direction at 9km/hr.

Winds close to the centre of the category three storm are estimated at 155 KM/HR.

ANZ announces relief package for customers impacted by Cyclone Winston

ANZ CEO Pacific & CEO Fiji Vishnu Mohan said: “This is one of the worst cyclones to hit Fiji destroying many towns and villages as well as damaging vital infrastructure. It will take a long time for Fiji to fully recover from this disaster and we want our customers to know that we are here ready to support them.”

ANZ’s customer assistance package includes:

  • suspension of all home loan, personal loan and small loan repayments for 60 days;

PM Bainimarama declares Koro island priority, Fiji's neighbours quick to offer help

More than 2000 families have been affected losing everything when Cyclone Winston hit the island on Saturday.

Currently, Fiji Military personnel are loading emergency supplies for the island.

Military personnel have been deployed for eight days on the island.

Meanwhile, Fiji's regional partner countries say they'll be guided by Suva over how best they can provide help in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

Red Cross responds to Cyclone Winston in Fiji

Melanie Ogle, a New Zealander with Red Cross in Suva says Fiji Red Cross is a strong organisation and is already responding to the damage caused by Cyclone Winston. 

“Over 300 Fiji Red Cross staff and volunteers of have so far been mobilised to support at-risk communities and people in evacuation centres. Volunteers are trained in emergency response and propositioned relief aid was on hand.”

Red Cross has enough emergency relief stock prepositioned across Fiji to support 12,500 people.

Australia pledges $5m aid to Fiji

The funding package will be a rapid release of pre-positioned stores and food items to assist people who remain in evacuation centres.

The supplies will give communities access to safe drinking water and basic hygiene for those who have lost houses and remain displaced.