February 21, 2016

Cyclone Winston's impact on Fiji

One of my PhD students, Suzanne Hopf, lives in Fiji (and undertakes her studies via distance education). It was devastating to learn of the impact of Cyclone Winston on Fiji this weekend described as "one of the southern hemisphere’s most powerful cyclones on record". The school Suzanne visited during her data collection was used as an evacuation centre, and it is likely that many of the children, families, and teachers who contributed to her PhD have been impacted. As well as rebuilding and cleaning up after the cyclone, electricity, internet, and daily supplies will be limited for some time.