Fiji Cyclone Response
In February 2016, Fiji was hit by the most intense cyclone ever recored in the Southern Hemisphere. Tropical Cyclone Winston brought winds of over 320km/h (200mph), torrential rain and waves of up to 12m (40ft). The direct impact of the storm flattened numerous buildings, decimated countless villages and left almost 56,000 people sheltering in 800 evacuation centers. 44 deaths were reported. Thousands of homes and schools were severely damaged or completely destroyed.
After Cyclone Winston struck, about 250,000 people were left without access to water and sanitation and it was estimated that 49,100 people were in need of emergency latrines. All Hands Volunteers contributed towards the restoration and building of household sanitation facilities throughout affected villages by building or rehabilitating emergency latrines, toilets, septic systems and showers across both the Tailevu and Ra Provinces of Fiji.