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$1m from Aust

Serelisoni Moceica
Friday, April 06, 2012

THE Australian government has pledged $1 million for Fiji's disaster rehabilitation efforts.

This was revealed in a statement sent by the Australian High Commission quoting Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr as saying his country was ready to provide help to the people of Fiji.

The senator has expressed the sympathy of the Australian government when he spoke to Fiji's Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

"Australia is working closely with Fijian organisations to assist assessments of damage and needs for emergency support in affected communities, including funding aerial surveys of flooded areas," the statement said.

Senator Carr said the two countries had strong ties and at this time of crisis, Australia would support disaster priorities in Fiji.

"This will cover procurement by local and international NGOs (non governmental organisations) of relief, medical and sanitation supplies such as tarpaulins, water purification tablets and water containers and blankets," the release said.

Australia will also help around 2000 Australian tourists stranded in the country because of the effects of the floods.

"Australia's High Commission staff in Fiji have been in contact with many Australians affected offering full consular support. At this time, we are not aware of any Australians who have been injured or whose safety is at serious risk," Senator Carr said.

Australia's High Commission staff are at Nadi International Airport to help travellers, the statement said.


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