Fiji cyclone - a first look at the aftermath - World - Video - 3 News

Just found this linked video update from New Zealand 3 News regarding the damage from Tropical Cyclone Tomas in Fiji.

Fiji cyclone - a first look at the aftermath - World - Video - 3 News

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I shows considerable devastation to Taveuni homes, and says that so far there are six known deaths in Fiji. No information from Taveuni Estates as yet - roads are closed with landslides, fallen trees, and so on, and there is not much phone communication available. The island's hospital, which K and I visited a few years ago, lost part of its roof.

The major challenges now are the basics - shelter, food, and potable water. Relief efforts are in progress. Crop damage poses a longer term problem.

News of Vanual Levu can be found at Wendi & Peceli's blog Babasiga.

Other helpful news updates are regularly posted on Fijivillage.com


ladybug said...

Please keep us updated on this situation. Haven't heard a peep about it over here...Thank you for the links!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Seriously! Amazing how a typhoon that causes little or no death can get done up in the papers for days, but something like this goes wholly unreported.

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - update coming soon. I'm afraid Fiji is off the edge of the flat earth which most of the USA envisions.

Moody - indeed. Fiji is too far away from the US and Japan and has no connections with them. The Aussies and Kiwis cover it, of course. And stories that confirm climate change are taboo in certain corporate - CO2 producing - media.

There were actually 2 cyclones churning through the south Pacific side by side!

gus said...

And I thought thunderstorms in Malaysia are scary. I hope the victims get help soon.

Heartbreaking really...

Pandabonium said...

Thanks Gus. The area has been declared a disaster area, the navy and army have been mobilized to distribute aid and help clean up, bring food and tents and clearn water. Also, farms are being surveyed and farmers will be given seedling to start afresh. Australia donated $1 million in aid so far. So, the recovery begins.

HappySurfer said...

Believe it or not, I thought of you when I first read about it. Thank you for the links, PandaB.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

The cleanup has gone ahead and - give them credit where it's due - the current government guys have acted and got some relief out to the islands fairly quickly. Though people say it's uneven and some places are more favoured and get more help than others. Some idiot boat captain dumped relief food boxes onto a reef instead of getting it to shore and a few bits and pieces floated to the beach. An island in Lau.

Pandabonium said...

Wendy - sounds a whole lot better than the Katrina response for New Orleans. Thanks for the update.