The Island of Naitauba, along with many other islands in Fiji, was directly in the track of Tropical Cyclone Winston, the fiercest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. Naitauba is the Spiritual Center of Avatar Adi Da Samraj's Work, with many Temples and meditation halls. Retreatants visit there from all over the world each year. It is a very beautiful and serene place, a great spiritual treasure in the world. However, it is located in the tropics, and as such, it runs the risk of cyclones occurring from time to time. But there has never been anything like Cyclone Winston.
The eye of the storm passed directly over Naitauba on February 19th (as you can see in the satellite image to the right), and the strongest wind speeds, at over 180 mph, were recorded just 25 miles away. There was very severe damage to the Island. Many thousands of trees were blown over. Dozens of residences and structures in the two main population areas, Ciqomi and Qaravi, suffered major damage or were destroyed. The main boats that handle transportation to and from the Island were badly damaged. The vegetable crops and fruit bearing trees in the organic farm were significantly damaged. The power and communications infrastructure also suffered severe damage. In some parts of the Island, the extreme cyclone winds were the principal cause of the destruction. In other parts, there were huge storm swells, and ocean water made its way into Temples and Holy Sites as well as other functional buildings.
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Fortunately, over the past several years, some of the most important structures were upgraded with very strong walls and roofs. These survived very well despite the ferocity of the Cyclone. And miraculously, there were no injuries among the over 200 residents of the Island. For friends and family of residents of Naitauba, please know that your loved ones are safe and well. If you need further information or need to reach your loved ones, please contact us here.
Aerial photograph of the desctruction at Ciqomi village on Naitauba after Cyclone Winston. Source: Fijian government. (Click on image to view full size.)
The damage from Cyclone Winston was not limited to Naitauba, of course. There was catastrophic destruction in many neighboring islands, with many buildings literally flattened and unfortunately over 40 lost their lives.
Our hearts go out to our neighbors and as we did in previous cyclones, we will be offering them any help we can.
It is still too know the exact costs of restoring Naitauba to its previous pristine state, but the costs are estimated to be in the millions for sure.
The immediate priorities are as follows:
Serve the restoration of the dense Island forests by pruning, trimming, cutting back, and removing fallen branches and trees.
Fully restore power, communications, water and transportation infrastructure to all parts of the Island.
Repair and re-float the Island passenger and cargo boats—it’s several hours on the open ocean to neighboring islands to replenish food stocks and other essential materials, so having viable marine transportation is essential.
Repair all the damage to the housing in Ciqomi and Qaravi and re-place the structures that have been destroyed, on higher ground if possible.
Restore the interiors and exteriors of major Temples and Holy Sites that were inundated by ocean water and storm debris.
Replace Temples that have been completely destroyed.
Rebuild the farm infrastructure and continue replanting to supply fresh food for all residents as quickly as possible.
Read updates about relief efforts since cyclone Winston.
Naitauba is a unique place of spiritual significance in the world. It continues to radiate spiritual blessing power in these troubled times, even in the midst of all that Cyclone Winston has wrought. If you are moved to help with the basic needs of Naitauba residents, with the restoration of Island infrastructure, and support a most fundamental aspect of Naitauba’s purpose, which is to serve the spiritual well-being of our planet, please make a donation to the relief fund for this beautiful Island. Everyone’s help is most deeply appreciated.
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To donate by check from the U.S., please send a check payable to "Adidam Holy Domains" with memo "Cyclone Relief" to:
Adidam Holy Domains
Attn: Fiscal Office
12040 N. Seigler Springs Road
Middletown, CA, USA 95461
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The Adidam Holy Domains is organized under the laws of California as a non-profit religious corporation and is approved by the United States IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Photographs of the destruction at the village of Qaravi on Naitauba after Cyclone Winston.
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