Cyclone Evan 2012

Cyclone Evan hit Samoa on Dec 13, causing flash floods and widespread damage across the country. So far it has left 12 people dead, forced over 800 people into evacuation centres and destroyed the homes and livelihoods of approximately 13,000 people.

Photo: Alertnet/Reuters/Fiji Ministry of InformationThe storm intensified whilst crossing Wallis and Futuna, northern Tonga and Fiji, battering the islands with winds that reached 270km per hour.

It has left a trail of destruction in its wake. Thousands of people across the region sought shelter in evacuation centres. Many have lost their homes and their livelihoods. Power and water supplies have been lost and floodwater continues to rise. 

Response

We are delivering thousands of litres of safe, clean water across Samoa and working with our partner organisation in Samoa, Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI)  to support farmers and their families restore their destroyed livelihoods.

 

Photos of the devastation

 

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Supporting farmers post Cyclone Evan

December 27, 2012

Analysing farmers' needs in Samoa.

Sizing up the damage in Samoa

December 19, 2012

Cyclone Evan lashed into Samoa last week, leaving behind damage to crops, water supplies and property.

Cyclone Evan: Oxfam assessing critical needs

December 17, 2012

Andy Thomson, Oxfam's Water and Sanitation Advisor, has been in Samoa throughout the cyclone. He is part of a team of assessors, including the Samoan National Disaster Management Office, surveying the damage and determining people's most urgent needs.

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Cyclone Evan recovery assists those most in need

June 20, 2013

Six months after Cyclone Evan devastated the homes of over 530 Samoan families across the south coast of Upolu, the most vulnerable families are still finding it hard to bounce back.

Tackling the mud

January 17, 2013

Flood waters following Cyclone Evan have receded, leaving Samoan farmers with a sticky problem.

Save tree cuttings for future harvests

January 3, 2013

Cut a branch and plant it for future harvests, is the message from Oxfam's partner in Samoa, Women in Business Inc.

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