Please pray for Fiji

29.2.16

World Mission Fund makes £25,000 grant to support Fiji following cyclone Winston

The World Mission Fund has made two grants of £20,000 and £5,000 to the Methodist Church of Fiji and the Pacific Theological College respectively.

These grants will help fund initial recovery efforts, providing food, water, shelter, building repair and aiding with the restoration of livelihoods. Please continue to pray for Fiji during this difficult time.

These grants were made possible because of the generosity of the Methodist people in giving to our mission funds. You can donate to the World Mission Fund on our web page or by sending a cheque to the Methodist World Mission Fund at:

The Methodist Church
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JR

 

26.2.16

  • On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji.  
  • The cyclone is estimated to be one of the most severe ever to hit the South Pacific. 
  • The Fiji Government estimates almost 350,000 people living in the cyclone's path could have been affected - 180,000 men and 170 000 women. 
  • 41 people have been confirmed dead.
  • 131 people are injured.
  • Aid has begun arriving in cyclone affected communities, especially the hard hit outer islands and Rakiraki in the West. 
  • Almost 50,000 people are currently sheltering in nearly 800 evacuation centres.
  • Damage to agriculture is estimated to be US$61 million with 100 per cent of crops destroyed in the worst affected areas.
  • At least 117 schools have been damaged.
  • A 30 day State of Natural Disaster has been declared. 

 

22.2.16

  • On 20 and 21 February Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji's islands blowing off roofs, bringing down trees and power lines, and flooding rivers.  
  • At its peak, the Cyclone was estimated by the Fiji Met Service to have sustained winds of 230 kmph, gusting to 325 kmph making it one of the most severe cyclones ever to hit the South Pacific. 
  • Six people have been confirmed dead.  
  • 150 houses have been confirmed as completely destroyed in the Eastern Division alone and a further 60 damaged. 
  • A 30 day State of Natural Disaster has been declared and a nation-wide curfew has only just been lifted. 
  • Schools have been closed for a week.

You can find more information here: UNOCHA Situation Report #1 on TC Winston in Fiji

We will be sending an emergency grant shortly and you can donate to the World Mission Fund on our web page or by sending a cheque to the Methodist World Mission Fund at:

The Methodist Church
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JR

  • Get the World Church BulletinMonthly news from around the world to your email address