Cyclone Yasa made landfall on Vanua Levu, Fiji, at 6pm FST (1am EST) December 17th as a Category 4 hurricane equivalent, down slightly from its peak intensity as a Category 5 storm. The UN coordinator in Fiji currently estimates the number of Fijians in shelters to be 7,000. 1,500 homes have been completely destroyed with an additional 6,000 damaged. A state of national disaster remains in place as the island nation begins recovery. Crops on the island have been significantly damaged with food ration packs still in heavy use. Water and electrical systems are struggling to recover, with water trucking still in use. Many parts of the northern island are projected to be without power until the end of the month. Some 8,800 people were estimated to be in need of hygiene facilities. Health teams are investigating reported dengue and typhoid cases in the Northern Division and 24 health facilities in the Northern and Eastern Divisions have suffered infrastructure damage and repairs are needed.
The WHO has identified local organizations that need assistance with their programming in Mental Health and Psychosocial counseling, health facility rehab, home rehab, WASH, and the procurement and distribution of dignity and hygiene kits. We are currently preparing financial support for local organizations to meet specific needs. Americares responded with critical aid when Cyclone Winston struck Fiji in 2016.