The United States expresses our deepest condolences to everyone affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston – the Category 5 storm that made landfall in Fiji on February 20, the strongest storm on record to hit Fiji and the Southern Hemisphere. The powerful winds, storm swells, and heavy rains have caused flooding and damage to homes, crops, and public infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.
In this difficult time, the government and the people of the United States stand ready to assist the Fijian government’s relief efforts. The U.S. Agency for International development (USAID) is providing an initial $100,000 in humanitarian aid to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for critical relief supplies and basic water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance. A disaster expert from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is on the ground in Fiji and is working with the national government to assess damage, identify needs, and coordinate response efforts.
Our thoughts are with the people of Fiji as we continue to watch the situation on the ground.