Tropical Cyclone Winston caused widespread damage in Fiji on 20-21 February 2016, and also affected some areas of Tonga on 17 February. It is the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, causing 44 deaths and affecting more than two thirds of the population of Fiji (about 540,000 people).
Working closely with the Fiji Government, Australia provided $15 million in immediate assistance to Fiji to support over 200,000 men, women and children with relief supplies such as shelter, water, food, hygiene items, emergency health care and access to education. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) provided extensive support, deploying defence assets and personnel to Fiji. Australia is now assisting with the longer term recovery and reconstruction efforts and has committed $20 million to rebuild critical infrastructure and increase resilience to natural disasters.