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Fiji Emergency Appeal: Cyclone Yasa
Fri 18 Dec 2020
CYCLONE YASA UPDATE: 21 December 2020
Cyclone Yasa has killed at least four people, and whole villages on the northern island of Vanua Levu have been flattened.
The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia in Fiji has written to the Anglican Alliance (of which ABM is a member) with an update on the church’s response to Cyclone Yasa which hit the country on Thursday night:
“We are grateful to God that we have been better prepared this time around for this category 5 Cyclone Yasa.
“While all of the country was affected with heavy rain, strong winds and flooding, the worst affected was our Episcopal Unit of Vanua Levu and Taveuni where we have five churches, six worship centres, two primary schools and one high school. This morning we were able to get in touch with Bishop Henry Bull, the Bishop in Vanua Levu and Taveuni, who has confirmed that some of our vicarages and halls were used as evacuation centres, and a number of families lost their houses. Our communities have also been out of power/electricity and telecommunication network since Thursday.”
Anglican Missions, who are working with the Diocese on their response, reports: “The response and recovery plan will build on the existing post-Covid project which includes the distribution of immediate supplies and longer-term recovery in the form of communal gardens on church properties. It will also likely include a psychosocial support element.
“All parishes in Fiji have been sent damage and needs assessment templates. Each church will identify levels of damage and include community needs. These will be collated and entered into the existing GIS database that has been developed for the Covid response. This information will be shared with the official Fijian Government response”.
Prayer for Victims of Cyclone Yasa
Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the one who calms the storm and brings hope to frightened people.
Hear us as we pray for the people of Fiji
as they deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Yasa.
Bless those who mourn the death of loved ones,
that they may be comforted.
Bless those who have lost their homes or businesses,
that they may find shelter and sustenance.
Bless those who are already economically vulnerable because of Covid-19
that they may find paid employment.
Move us to help in whatever way we can,
so that the people of Fiji may know your love
through the hearts of their sisters and brothers in Christin Australia.
ABM's Fiji Emergency Appeal: Cyclone Yasa
18th December 2020
Tropical Cyclone Yasa swept across Fiji on the night of 17 Dec 2020. As the government declared a state of emergency and 23,000 Fijians fled to evacuation centres, the cyclone struck with winds reaching 350km/h and waves of up to 12m. It destroyed houses, schools and other buildings in its path and has triggered landslides and flooding. The damage is still being assessed but the cyclone is already considered one of the strongest to ever hit the Pacific.
The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia is currently assessing the impacts and, together with Anglican Missions in New Zealand, planning a relief and recovery program. ABM will support the relief and recovery program (which may extend to Tonga, depending on the level of damage there) by sending donations to Anglican Missions NZ.
This Christmas, please consider supporting those affected by Cyclone Yasa.
HOW TO DONATE
Online: You can make an online donation to ABM’s Fiji Emergency Appeal by clicking on the DONATE NOW button above.
Mail: you can enclose a cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia. Please include the campaign name ABM’s Fiji Emergency Appeal: Cyclone Yasa with your donation) and send it to:
Anglican Board of Mission – Australia
Locked Bag Q4005
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Telephone: Sydney 02 9264 1021, Local Call 1300 302 663
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