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tuesday, april 17:

A total of 16 ShelterBoxes have been distributed to flood-hit areas in Fiji's largest island of Viti Levu. More ShelterBoxes have also been stored there as prepositioned stock to enable a quick response to any disaster there in the future. The team have returned home and the deployment is complete.

tuesday, april 3:

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is flying to Fiji to assess the need for emergency shelter, following heavy rains over the past few months that have caused riverbanks to burst flooding villages.

Thousands of homes have been damaged on the largest island of Viti Levu forcing around 8,000 people into evacuation centres. Water and electricity have been cut off in some areas.

The floods are 'three to four times worse' than the last devastating floods in 2009, according to the South Pacific nation's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, who has called for a solution to the country's flooding problems.

'We are consulting with several key players, including Rotary in Suva, DISMAC (Fijian disaster management agency), Red Cross and the New Zealand Government to coordinate an appropriate and rapid response,' said ShelterBox International Director Lasse Petersen. back