Updated 11:30am on Friday, 26 February.
Fiji is reeling from the worst storm in its history, after Tropical Cyclone Winston tore a devastating path through island communities.
Category 5 TC Winston made landfall on Saturday, 20 February, with heavy rains, storm surges and extremely destructive wind gusts of over 300 kmph.
Entire villages have been wiped out, thousands of homes have been damaged and 22,600 people are living in evacation centres. Hospitals have been disrupted by flooding and roof damage, 67 schools have been destroyed or severely damaged, while some communities have had their water supplies cut off.
UNICEF launched a rapid response
to immediate needs for water, sanitation and health supplies, with particular concern for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
Within the first 24 hours of the Fiji Government's request for assistance, UNICEF gave 3,000 people access to safe drinking water and distributed emergency health kits, tents and education supplies to the worst affected outer islands.