Flash floods have seriously affected communities in Fiji's largest island of Viti Levu. Many of the communities affected were severely impacted by raging floodwaters earlier this year.
Four people died and one boy remains missing following the floods. Red Cross assisted many of the more than 15,000 affected people, in evacuation centres, temporary shelters and in their communities.
Power and water supplies were damaged, affecting up to 150,000 people.
Dozens of houses have been damaged and more than 12,000 farmers affected by the floods.
Access to clean water has been a top priority. Red Cross has been working with communities to assess their needs and assist communities with water and sanitation kits as well as water purification equipment.
Australian Red Cross has sent a cargo of relief supplies to help communities in Fiji recover from the severe flooding. The emergency relief supplies were drawn from Australian Red Cross stocks in Brisbane and include around 750 adult and infant hygiene kits, 3,000 water carrying containers, more than 200 kitchen sets and water filtration equipment.
Australian Red Cross has a longstanding program with Fiji Red Cross, working with communities to better prepare for disasters and is on standby to provide further support to Fiji Red Cross.
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Photos: Fijians in villages near Nadi, Viti Levu, are grabbing their valuable possessions and wading to safety (courtesy Fiji Times and Shiri Ram/www.imaginesouthpacific.com).