January 11, 2020 | 4:00 P.M.
SYDNEY — Since Tropical Cyclone Yasa struck the Pacific island nation of Fiji on December 16th, authorities have declared a state of natural disaster. Convoy of Hope has been hard at work coordinating with partners on the ground to meet affected residents’ immediate needs.
Convoy of Hope has already served five affected communities through our ongoing response. We have assisted more than 500 individuals and distributed 124 family food kits.
The severity of this storm was a surprise to Fijians, who have only experienced one other Category 3 storm. Yasa’s 160 mph wind gusts and 10-foot storm surge impacted more than 93,000 people, knocking out electricity and lines of communication in many areas.
The perilous conditions associated with distribution across multiple islands have added an extra layer of complexity to this disaster response. Fiji’s Road Authority reported that all roads in the district of Rakiraki — home to more than 30,000 residents —were flooded. In other areas, widespread flooding and landslides have made travel difficult or impossible.
The nation of Fiji still has a long way to go as it works to recover from one of the most devastating storms in its history. Convoy of Hope is committed to serving Fiji and providing hope to those who need it most. Join our response here.
January 8, 2020 | 12:30 P.M.
SYDNEY — Fijian teams have begun the packing and distribution of 1,000 family food kits to families affected by Cyclone Yasa. Assessments are being conducted concerning the best ways to now serve those who were affected.
On behalf of the people we are able to assist during times of crises, thank you for your support.
DECEMBER 20, 2020 | 9:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Convoy of Hope has launched a response to help Fijian communities start the recovery process. Our team is on the ground organising 1,000 family food kits to distribute across the impacted areas.
There is widespread damage across the nation from the 345 kph winds that hit on Thursday night.
Watch this update from our team and see the ways you can make a tangible difference by partnering with Convoy of Hope.
DECEMBER 18, 2020 | 7:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Tropical Cyclone Yasa made landfall on Vanua Levu last night at 6 p.m as communities bunkered down during their national curfew. According to the Fijian Government, “Close to its centre the cyclone is expected to have average winds up to 205 km/hr with momentary gusts to 285 km/hr. The cyclone is moving southeast at about 22 km/hr.”
A state of natural disaster has been declared for the next 3o days.
Warnings remains in force for heavy winds, rains, and floods as the Cyclone moves through the region.
DECEMBER 17, 2020 | 7:00 P.M.
SYDNEY — Cyclone Yasa, a top category-five storm, is expected to bring winds of up to 250 km/h and torrential rain across the South Pacific.
Convoy of Hope is monitoring the situation.