斐濟颱風溫斯頓:UNICEF前綫員工親身經歷(2月21日更新)

 

斐濟颱風溫斯頓:UNICEF前綫員工親身經歷(2月21日更新)

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/UN010614/Clements – 在2月20日星期六,5級熱帶氣旋溫斯頓登錄斐濟蘇瓦,並造成破壞。

紐約/香港,2016年2月21日—熱帶氣旋溫斯頓掠過斐濟,聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)非常關注國內兒童、孕婦及哺乳媽媽的處境。由於當地通訊中斷,我們目前仍然未能掌握熱帶氣旋溫斯頓風眼曾經掠過的斐濟群島的社區情況。

斐濟政府已立即採取行動,評估情況及找出危急所需。斐濟政府宣佈,進入自然災害下的緊急狀態,政府亦已啟動清理工作,在未來30天清理街道上的大量瓦礫。

駐斐濟蘇瓦(Suva)的UNICEF太平洋地區高級傳訊主任Alice Clements說:「颱風嚴重破壞社區設施、家園,並威脅居民的性命,同時嚴重破壞甚至摧毀學校及醫護設施。」

「試想像住在近低窪地區河流旁的鐵皮屋的一家人藉耕作維生。當颱風來臨,洪水氾濫,他們的生命很有可能大受影響。他們本來依靠到市集售賣農作物以賺取收入。若他們的房子被洪水破壞,他們將失去食物與家園,以至一直以來的生活環境。孩子的教育也很有可能大受影響。」

「最壞情況是:除了引致傷亡,颱風將完全顛覆當地人民的生活。」

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