TC Winston

45,245 in evacuation centres, death toll 42

Almost five percent of the country’s population have sought shelter in evacuation centres around the country after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. The Minister for National Disaster Management, Hon. Colonel Inia Seruiratu told the media there were 45,245 people in the 275 evacuation centres around the country. Colonel Seruiratu clarified the death toll remained at 42 since […]

Peni Shute

February 25, 2016 7:08 pm

Almost five percent of the country’s population have sought shelter in evacuation centres around the country after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Minister for National Disaster Management, Hon. Colonel Inia Seruiratu told the media there were 45,245 people in the 275 evacuation centres around the country.

Minister for National Disaster Management Office, Hon. Inia Seruiratu. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Minister for National Disaster Management Office, Hon. Inia Seruiratu.
Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

Colonel Seruiratu clarified the death toll remained at 42 since yesterday although they expect the number to increase as rescue and recovery teams reach more islands in the coming days.

On casualities as at 1600hrs today, it still remains at 42 and we still have about 45000 people in the various evacuation centres right through out Fiji.

Authorities hope to be able to provide alternative shelter for evacuees who are housed in schools so the facilities can be prepared in time for when school resumes.

The Minister said there were 122 injured people and 45 of them have been hospitalised

Things are picking up, and I want to assure all Fijians that we will be getting to you very soon.
Please just bear with us in the mean time but definitely assistance is coming.
We will look at providing you with all the necessary assistance when we have all the resources available.

The breakdown of people at evacuation centres is as follows:

  • 16,135 – Central Division
  • 22,181 – Western Division
  • 2,700 – Eastern Division
  • 4,229 – Northern Division.

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