THE Australian government yesterday gave a further $4million to assist in the relief and recovery efforts of communities devastated by the recent flood.
Acting Australian High Commissioner Glenn Miles said the assistance signified Australia's commitment to helping the people and communities in Fiji that were affected by the flood.
He said $2million would be used to support additional food rations and transitional shelters.
Mr Miles said the funding would also support continued reliefs efforts with provisions for clean-up kits, women dignity kits, transitional shelter kits and medical supplies.
"Australia will support the recovery efforts with another $2million provided equally between food security programs and education," said Mr Miles.
"Under the food security, Australian AID is working with local non-government organisations to provide seeds, rehabilitate land and establish nurseries and conduct training for farmers and communities."
He said the $4million funding was added to the previous $2million given after the flood.
Mr Miles said Australia was committed to rebuilding the lives of those badly hit by the flood and would continue to liaise with the NGOs on the updates, reports and outcomes of their rehabilitation program.
"Part of the money will be also used to rehabilitate and assist the 47 schools that were badly affected by the flood.
"Australia has a longstanding commitment and relationship with the Fijian communities and we will do all our best in our efforts to rebuild the lives of flood-affected residents," he said.