What has become the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, Cyclone Winston has brought untold destruction to the Pacific island of Fiji, with wind speeds reaching 201 mph and swell heights reported up to 12 metres. Superyacht non-profit humanitarian organization YachtAid has issued a plea to yachts across the Pacific Ocean, particularly those in the vicinity of Australia and New Zealand, to mobilise their resources in the efforts of delivering much needed supplies to affected communities on the island.
Designated pick-up points in Cairns, Brisbane and Auckland allows yachts to deliver supplies that will then be transported to the island in accordance with local legal agencies. On ground services are on hand to assist yachts in handling any cargo as well as help streamlining all documentation processes. All donatedfundscollected will go toward post-recovery efforts.
A national state of emergency has been declared across Fiji with a curfew now in place throughout the island. The disaster follows the devastating impact that Cyclone Pam had on island in the same region in early 2015.
To pledge your assistance or for more information, contact YachtAid here.