Food supply running low

Vilisi Nanovo (back), with children of Biana inside the church where community members are billeted. Picture: Sikeli Qounadovu

Vilisi Nanovo (back), with children of Biana inside the church where community members are billeted. Picture: Sikeli Qounadovu

WHILE government officials are working round-the-clock to assess the full extent of damage caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni on the island of Kadavu, already food supply is running low.

Close to a week after the natural disaster cut across the island, villagers are now relying on whatever could be saved from their farms, while awaiting further assistance of food rations from Government and other good Samaritans.

“We only have enough food to last us for the next two days and after that we will just hope and pray for miracles, however, in saying that, we are thankful to the Fiji Sevashram Shanga (FSS) for providing us with some food rations this morning (Saturday),” said Vilisi Nanovo of Biana community — close to Vunisea.

In a small community of about 30 people of whom more than half are children, Ms Nanovo said they were rationing their food to last them until the next assistance.

“Some of us have even talked among ourselves that after the second day, some of the adults are willing to skip and miss meals so that our children can eat,” said the mother of four. Namuana Village headman Jolame Bakata said they were also thankful for the assistance from the organisation.

“We are blessed we have the sea, we can always source fish but our farm we have enough to last us for at least about two days.”

Daviqele Village headman Tevita Tuirabe said their farms were destroyed.

“We have enough food to last us for one week to feed the 341 villagers living in 84 houses,” Mr Tuirabe said.

Nabukelevu-i-ra and Muaninuku Village headmen echoed similar sentiments saying they only had enough food to last them for at least a week.

Meanwhile, apart from delivery of food rations to the island, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last Friday announced that after they attended to the immediate needs of those affected on Kadavu and complete damage assessments, they would be announcing another relief package, CARE for KADAVU, that was tailored to the unique needs of communities there.