斐濟颱風溫斯頓:UNICEF前綫員工親身經歷

 

斐濟颱風溫斯頓:UNICEF前綫員工親身經歷

On 21 February 2016, scenes of Tropical Cyclone Winston's destruction in Tamavua, Suva, Fiji. Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on Saturday (20 Feb), continuing its path of destruction into Sunday.  A state of natural disaster and a nationwide curfew had been declared by the Government of Fiji earlier in the evening. Flights in and out of Fiji were also cancelled due to the extreme weather. Power lines are down and communications are limited but UNICEF Pacific Communications Specialist and New Zealander, Alice Clements, has said from her Suva base, "We certainly felt the impact of TC Winston in Suva with destructive, howling winds and the sound of rivets lifting from roofs a constant throughout the night.   We can't say for sure yet how the rest of the country fared but rapid assessments will be undertaken by the Fiji Government to determine the full impact and what response will be required.   It is likely that smaller villages across Fiji will have suffered the most, given their infrastructures would be too weak to withstand the power of a category 5 cyclone. Families may have lost their homes and crops therefore leaving them without shelter, food and a livelihood. Those families will have lost everything. There is also considerable risk for those that live by the sea or rivers as flash flooding and river flooding could occur due to heavy rains. The reiteration of preparedness messages from all sectors of society certainly ensured people were informed and as prepared as they could be.Ó UNICEF is a member of the Pacific Humanitarian Team and will be on standby to provide emergency supplies and additional personnel, if required.  UNICEF has prepositioned supplies in Suva and Nadi including water kits, health kits and education materials such as school tents.  If called on to assist, UNICEF will actively support the Fiji Government in leading clusters of agencies working in water and sanitation, education and nutrition, and in child protectio

© UNICEF/UN010615/Clements – 熱帶氣旋溫斯頓登陸斐濟蘇瓦後的情況。

 

紐約/香港,2016年2月20日—熱帶氣旋溫斯頓登陸斐濟,駐斐濟蘇瓦(Suva)聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)太平區地區職員Alice Clements親身經歷登陸時的情況。

「我們深深感受到熱帶氣旋溫斯頓對蘇瓦所帶來的破壞——風聲呼嘯,不斷有零散的鐵釘撞擊屋頂。我們暫時未能了解國內其他地區的情況,但斐濟政府將立刻行動,開始評估,以了解溫斯頓帶來的影響,制訂應對方案。由於該國基建抵抗暴風的能力較弱,無法抵抗溫斯頓5級熱帶氣旋的風力,斐濟的小村落很可能受風災影響最深。居住在村落的家庭或會失去家園及農作物,而失去保護、食物及一直以來的生活環境。熱帶氣旋帶來的暴雨亦有可能造成洪水氾濫,威脅居在低窪地區或沿海地區居民的生命。」

UNICEF作為太平洋人道救援隊伍(Pacific Humanitarian Team)的一員,已隨時準備好提供緊急救援物資及增派人手支援。UNICEF於蘇瓦及納迪(Nadi)備有應急救援物資,如食水及衞生套裝、教育物資如帳篷等。如有需要,UNICEF將積極支持斐濟政府為災民提供援助,包括食水及衞生、教育、營養、保護兒童等範疇的工作。