Help for islanders

A SPECIAL Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) program will be provided to villagers on Kadavu who faced the full brunt of Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni earlier this week.

While making the announcement in Nadi on Friday night, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said Kadavu Island was the most severely impacted by TC Keni.

“We have assessment teams on the ground as I speak, with more relief supplies on the way,” he said.

“After we’ve attended to the immediate needs of affected Fijians on Kadavu and finished damage assessments, we will be announcing another relief package, CARE for Kadavu that is tailored to the unique needs of communities on the island.”

He said an estimated 150,000 Fijians have been impacted by TC Keni and TC Josie.

“I’ve been on the ground with our disaster officials and authorities who are providing immediate relief to affected Fijians and conducting assessments to determine how we can best get our communities back on their feet.

“While we are still assessing the full extent of the damage, it is abundantly clear that we need an immediate program of assistance to help our fellow Fijians recover from these events.”

He said the CARE for Fiji program would cater for those affected by the two cyclones.

“CARE for Fiji is an unprecedented and wide-reaching program of government assistance that cuts across government ministries and departments to aid those Fijians impacted by the back-to-back onslaughts of TC Josie and TC Keni.

“Under CARE for Fiji are a host of new government initiatives covering affected Fijians — Homes Care, Farms Care, Sugarcane Care, Leaseholders Care, Welfare Care and eTransport Care.

“And the first round of assistance under these initiatives will go directly towards affected Fijians living on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.”