100% of Donated Funds to Provide Cyclone Yasa Relief to Fiji
(San Diego, Ca, December 25, 2020) – ‘Operation Viti’ has been launched by YachtAid Global as a disaster relief fundraising initiative to support transport and provision of immediate and long-term humanitarian aid and supplies to Fiji in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Yasa.
YachtAid Global is working to support Fiji National Disaster Management Office with initial assessment and deployment of rapid efforts across the northern and eastern division islands, by organizing and carrying out an integrated approach to air and maritime operations with yachts, aircraft from nearby islands, and partners LifeFlight Fiji, SEAL Yachts Fiji, Partners in Community Development-Fiji, YachtHelp, and Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team (FEMAT).
The Operation began on December 22nd with integrated air operations provided by a seaplane and maritime operations engaging two superyachts and three smaller local support boats to deliver the first 20 tons of disaster relief aid across islands in the northern division.
Work continues today across the islands of Galoa, Tavea, Yadaga, and Yadua delivering food, water, tarps, shelter kits, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, lanterns, food rations, and toys for children to remind them that they have not been forgotten. In addition, preparation for future helicopter landings is being carried out to enable additional delivery of aid.
The category-5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa made landfall over Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu on Thursday, December 17th, bringing with it torrential rain, life-threatening storm surge, widespread flooding, and wind gusts of over 345 kph.
The cyclone, the second strongest on record to make landfall in Fiji, has left a path of destruction: stripping trees, flattening buildings, homes, and schools, cutting power, and destroying food and water supplies. It has also caused the government to have to suspend coronavirus social distancing measures for evacuees adding weight to the crisis.
100% of the monetary donations contributed to Operation Viti, named in honour of the indigenous name for Fiji, will fund disaster relief and supplies for the communities in need across Fiji. Relief may include emergency water, water filters, food, hygiene kits, medical and shelter supplies as well as a longer-term recovery aid and assistance all provided under established guidelines and pandemic protocols.
YachtAid Global Operation Viti will provide short and long-term support to the people of Fiji, who offer amazing hospitality, experiences, and enjoyment to visiting yachts and need the support of the yachting community to help them rebuild their lives, homes, and communities right now and in the years ahead. Please donate to operation Viti today.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: For photography, interview requests or additional information on YachtAid Global Operation Viti Cyclone Yasa Relief to Fiji, contact K.C. Wenger, YachtAid Global Public Relations at [email protected] and/or +1-717-572-2779 (UTC-5).