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Cyclone Winston in Fiji

Friday, 19 February 2016

Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Cyclone
Location of Event:
Fiji
Date of Charter Activation:
19 February 2016
Time of Charter Activation:
12:33:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN OCHA
Project Management:
UNOSAT

Description of the event

Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on 19 February, leaving at least 28 dead and destroying hundreds of homes.

The Category Five storm (the most powerful on the Saffir-Simpson Scale) is the worst to affect Fiji in decades. It was also one of the most powerful storms the southern hemisphere in recorded history.

Winston made landfall at 06:30 UTC (18:30 local time) on the north of Viti Levu, the main island in the archipelago. From there it moved west, and the large storm narrowly avoided the capital city of Suva.

The government declared a state of emergency and imposed a 36-hour curfew for residents' safety.

The storm has reportedly destroyed entire villages and many homes were damaged or destroyed. Thousands of people are currently in hundreds of evacuation centres until they can return to their homes, if possible.

Winston also damaged power lines, leaving 80% of the population without power and impacting communications across the more than 300 islands in the archipelago. This limited or lack of communication is making it difficult to assess the full scale of the damage in the more remote islands. It is believed that some of the islands may have suffered far more damage than the main island. There are reports that Koro Island, one of the larger islands, may have suffered "catastrophic" damage.

Repair and recovery efforts began on 22 February, and rescue workers priorities are restoring communications and provided clean food and water to the many affected by the cyclone.

Damage assessment report of Viti Levu island, Fiji, after Cyclone Winston

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Source: Pleiades / WorldView-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 28/02/2016
WorldView-3: 25/03/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment over north and west of Ba Town, Ba Province, in the Western Division of Fiji

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 26/02/2016
WorldView-2: 24/12/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Sasa area, Ba Province, in the Western Division of Fiji

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 26/02/2016
WorldView-2: 24/12/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Nanukuloa/Nanokonoko areas, Ra Province, in the Western Division of Fiji

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 28/02/2016
WorldView-3: 26/06/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Rakiraki area, Ra Province, in the Western Division of Fiji

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 28/02/2016
WorldView-3: 25/03/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Qoma Island, Fiji, after Cyclone Winston

Source: Pleiades / Resurs-P
Acquired: Pleiades: 13/09/2014
Resurs-P: 24/02/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Resurs-P © ROSCOSMOS 2016 - All rights reserved
Map produced by ROSCOSMOS

Damage assessment of Natovi Village, Fiji, after Cyclone Winston

Source: Pleiades / Resurs-P
Acquired: Pleiades: 13/09/2014
Resurs-P: 22/02/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Resurs-P © ROSCOSMOS 2016 - All rights reserved
Map produced by ROSCOSMOS

Damage assessment map in Greater Lautoka area, Ba Province in the Western Division of Fiji

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Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 22/02/2016

Copyright: CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Vitogo Village area, Ba Province, in the Western Division of Fiji

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Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 22/02/2016

Copyright: CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Report on Cyclone Winston damage assessment of Ba Province, Fiji

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Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 22/02/2016

Copyright: CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Satellite detected waters in Savu area, Naitasiri Province in the Central Division of Fiji

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 08/04/2015
Post-disaster: 21/02/2016

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2016) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT