Shelter charity assist Fiji ahead of another tropical cyclone

Shelter charity Habitat for Humanity is urging New Zealanders to support its disaster response fund as the people in Fiji prepare for yet another tropical cyclone. 

The Fiji Government says Tropical Cyclone Zena is expected to reach Viti Levu from midnight Thursday. 

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand chief executive Claire Szabo says “frightening night for many families, who are still very much in the recovery phase following Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.

I’ve been in touch with colleagues in Fiji since early this morning, and they are understandably scared for what might come overnight for all the families in Fiji, including their own.

There has been widespread and flash flooding in Fiji over the past few days, with more than 3500 people evacuated – these are in areas that were hardest hit by TC Winston. TC Zena will bring more rain.”

Habitat for Humanity has assisted Fiji in times of need for over 25 years, bringing shelter solutions to the people during natural disasters. 

“While we have been looking towards the rebuilding effort in Fiji, people are still very much in the recovery phase following the devastation of Winston – conditions which were exacerbated this week with flooding.”

Tropical Cylone Zena is heading towards the Viti Levu coast, with gale warnings in place on top of already very rough and high seas.

Szabo is encouraging New Zealanders to support the Habitat for Humanity Disaster Response Fund.