Life­line Fiji ac­tive through­out TC Zena

The helpline re­ceived 27 calls from peo­ple ask­ing con­fir­ma­tion on whether the cy­clone will hit Fiji or not

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Life­line Fiji was ac­tive 24 hours to as­sist the na­tion through­out Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Zena. dam­age or rain or strong winds as they had ex­pected from a Cat­e­gory Three cy­clone.”

Peo­ple also called to en­quire about ac­tive emer­gency cen­tres that were close to their res­i­dence and some were trau­ma­tised and called for an ear to talk to. “We re­ceived calls from two peo­ple who were trau­ma­tised by the thought of TC Zena be­cause they had al­ready been af­fected by TC Win­ston and flash flood­ing ear­lier and were scared they might go through the same ex­pe­ri­ence again so we took them through a stress man­age­ment pro­gramme to calm them down,” Ms Mani said. Ma­jor­ity of the calls came be­tween 9am and mid­night. “The im­por­tant thing to note was that a lot peo­ple were al­ready trau­ma­tised and stressed due to TC Win­ston and I am glad that TC Zena did not come.

“This is a sui­cide pre­ven­tion helpline and ever since TC Win­ston we have opened the line to as­sist peo­ple with psy­cho­log­i­cal First Aid or any other sig­nif­i­cant as­sis­tance we can pro­vide,” Ms Mani said. Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

Peo­ple called to en­quire about ac­tive emer­gency cen­tres that were close to their res­i­dence

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