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NZ to give 732K for relief work

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, April 06, 2012

THE New Zealand government has announced it will make an immediately give a sum of $F732,895 ($NZ500,000) to non-government agencies helping flood victims in Fiji.

The announcement was made by New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully on Tuesday. He said the situation in Fiji was severe with most of the country not yet recovered from January's flood.

"In addition to the reported deaths thousands have been forced from their homes and into evacuation centres," he said.

"New Zealand's funding will be provided to the Fiji Red Cross, and other non-government agencies well positioned to respond. New Zealand always stands ready to help the people of Fiji when disaster strikes."

Mr McCully said: "We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will consider further support based on the needs of relief agencies who are working with flood-affected communities."

New Zealand provided $350,000 to the Fiji Red Cross to support the response to severe floods in January and a further $1.5 million to the Natural Disaster Management Office and to refurbish evacuation centres.