DHL deploys DRT to Fiji for Cyclone Winston aid

DHL Disaster Response Team in Fiji

Deutsche Post DHL Group has sent its Disaster Response Team (DRT) to Fiji to help coordinate relief efforts at Suva Airport following Cyclone Winston.

The cyclone, the largest to hit Fiji in its history, has caused considerable damage to the Pacific island nation. DHL has dispatched seven volunteers from the DRT to Fiji where they will work alongside the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOACHA).

Deutsche Post DHL Group head of international relations and disaster management, Asia Pacific, Carl Schelfhaut says the teams experience from the Cyclone Pam relief effort will help them in the aftermath of Winston. “Our volunteers are no stranger to the complexity posed by Fiji’s myriad islands, having managed everything from unloading to forward transportation of relief goods when Vanuatu was struck by Cyclone Pam last year.”

DHL Express in Fiji has provided four vehicles to assist in Nadi and Suva. DHL has also designated its offices as ‘public drop points’ for the public to donate clothes, blankets, outdoor equipment, food and other aid resources.