26 Jul 2016

Fiji workshop studying lessons of Winston

8:01 pm on 26 July 2016

There are hopes a workshop in Fiji will lead to real and tangible outcomes so the country copes better with cyclones and other natural disasters.

A house near Rakiraki damaged by Cyclone Winston.

A house near Rakiraki damaged by Cyclone Winston. Photo: RNZ / Juliette Sivertsen

The Tropical Cyclone Winston National Lessons Learned Workshop is running this week until July 28th and is focussed on understanding what worked well and the challenges faced by different stakeholders.

Led by Fiji's National Disaster Management Office it aims to look at the response and recovery and pass on the lessons learned.

Fiji's permanent secretary for National Disaster Management, Meleti Bainimarama, said the NDMO is committed to ensuring Fiji recovers and builds back better and stronger from the devastating cyclone.

The event is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Pacific Community.

Father and 4 children in a row in front of cloths on the floor with food inside their home

Many families in Fiji are still surviving on government rations as crops were devastated during Cyclone Winston. Recent floods washed away new seedlings Photo: RNZ / Sally Round