Caritas agencies in the Pacific are mobilising to provide cyclone relief and assistance to thousands of people in Samoa, Fiji and elsewhere affected by Cyclone Evan.
The Cyclone hit Samoa late last week, killing four people, while eight people are missing. The category four cyclone is currently hitting Fiji, where at least 37 evacuation centres are holding more than 3500 people in the north. It has also impacted the territory of Wallis and Futuna, and Caritas Oceania agencies are attempting to make contact to assess the extent of damage.
Caritas Samoa is helping shelter more than 1000 people in its own basement hall and in three other centres in partnership with the Red Cross. Caritas Samoa has electricity generators for lighting, and is providing food and water at all the shelters.
‘As soon as the cyclone hit, we opened our hall for immediate shelter for neighbouring families who had discovered their homes […]