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NGOs assist in flood relief

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

CHARITABLE organisations and the private sector are working with the Emergency Operations Centre in Lautoka to collect and distribute rations and drinking water to evacuation centres in Lautoka.

This was revealed at an EOC briefing for the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and government heads of departments in Lautoka yesterday.

Among the organisations working with the government are Lautoka Rotary, Fiji Water, Pacific Vision and the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam.

According to officials at the EOC, Rotary Lautoka has focussed its relief effort in the Lautoka area while Pacific Vision has visited and given rations to individual families in the Drasa corridor.

Members of the TISI Sangam are continuing the delivery of cooked food to flood victims in Lovu and Deshbandu in Lautoka.

The Vodafone ATH Foundation has also given $48,000 to the relief effort which was distributed to several aid organisations in the division.

Australian and New Zealand aid agencies have also contributed to the relief effort aided by Commodore Bainimarama's announcement of the elimination of import duties and Value Added Tax on any relief supplies brought into the country from abroad.

To qualify for VAT and import duty exemption, donors have to channel relief supplies through the PM's Office or the permanent secretary for Provincial Development.

The EOC informed Commodore Bainimarama that $51,583 was needed to supply food rations for 11,000 people for one week.