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Fr Papila Tonga in the damaged church of St John the Apostle, Natovi, Fiji, after Cyclone Winston (2016). Photo Credit: Caritas Tonga.

Pacific Emergency Appeal

You can provide vital relief to communities impacted by natural disaster in the Pacific. With your support, our partners on the ground can respond immediately when crises strike.

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The North Coastal Road in Taveuni is only accessible by 4 wheel drivey due to the debris from storm surge and fallen trees. Photo: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

The devastation caused by the worst tropical cyclone in the Pacific in years is urging us all to act.

Since December 17, the low-lying island of Fiji has been impacted by strong winds, flooding rains and storm surges. Over half of the population live in the pathway of the cyclone, which forced thousands of families to evacuate to shelter from the storm.

Cyclone Yasa has brought havoc and devastation, hitting the country with winds of up to 240 kilometres per hour and wind gusts of up to 345 kph.

Families across Fiji are experiencing water and electricity cuts. Communities living in poverty in the informal settlements around Suva are at increased risk, as the houses are unstable and unprepared for storms.

Samoa has also been impacted by significant flooding and damage, and thousands of people have been evacuated. Tonga and other low-lying islands in the Pacific region are bracing for further strong winds and high tides in coming days. 

Please make a generous donation and help us provide vital support to the communities affected by events like these.

 

When emergencies hit, we are on the ground with

Food, water and emergency shelter

Hygiene and sanitation kits

Medication and health services

Trauma support

The Pacific region is vulnerable to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, and other natural disasters. Communities also face conflict and displacement. Many families lack access to adequate healthcare, clean water and sanitation, and when disasters strike, the steep cost of imported medical and emergency supplies puts some of the most marginalised people at risk.

Most lives are lost in the first few days after a disaster. This means that the faster we can respond, the more lives we can save.

We work with our partners on the ground to get food, clean water and lifesaving first aid to communities as quickly as possible. With your help, we can make sure that communities get the emergency supplies they need to survive, rebuild and recover from this crisis.

This vital work can only happen with your help. Please donate today.

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Children walk through Jittu Estate settlement on the outskirts of Suva. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

We're in a unique position to assist communities before, during and after emergencies. We work with local agencies throughout the Pacific to provide emergency relief, and emergency preparation services. But we can only continue this work with the help of generous, kind-hearted people, like you.

With your help, more families in the Pacific can learn how to reduce the impact of natural disasters on their lives, as well as be provided with essentials they need for survival: food, water, sanitation supplies and shelter.

Please give what you can so that children, women and men receive the vital supplies they need to prepare, survive, and rebuild.

We are currently providing support for communities affected by

Tropical Cyclone Harold

In April 2020, Category 5 Cyclone Harold hit the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, leaving a trail of destruction, death and displacement in its wake. We worked with our partners to deliver emergency assistance including basic supplies like food, water, shelter and first aid. We continue to support affected families in their efforts to rebuild their lives.

COVID-19 Crisis

Throughout the Pacific, we are working with our partners to distribute educational materials and hosting awareness-raising sessions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. We are providing food, sanitation and hygiene kits (including masks and hand sanitisers) to those most at risk. We are also providing psychosocial support and sustainable livelihoods training, to ensure families have enough to eat, and feel heard throughout this crisis.

Tropical Cyclone Yasa

In December 2020, Category 5 Cyclone Yasa hit the low-lying island of Fiji. The storm was the most powerful to hit Fiji, and displaced more than 23,000 people.  We worked hand-in-hand with our partners to deliver emergency assistance including food, water, shelter and first aid. We continue to support affected communities.