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NGO caters for evacuation centres

Ropate Valemei
Monday, December 17, 2012

THE Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) has activated its Northern offices to cater for the evacuation centres that were already opened.

Red Cross Society disaster co-ordinator, Eseroma Ledua said they had activated their branches in Savusavu, Taveuni and Labasa.

As of Friday night Mr Ledua said they had been catering for an evacuation centre in Vaturova district in Cakaudrove where the whole village was evacuated because of the flood.

"We have been prepared from last year for this cyclone season.

"All of the evacuation centres in the Northern Division has been activated from Friday as we are ready to do our work on the ground," Mr Ledua said.

He said all the branches were all on standby to assist evacuation centres and families who would be affected by the cyclone.

"We have always been prepared for any tropical cyclone or disaster and our staff and volunteers were already on the ground ready to help in terms of support, operations and logistics."

He added they had been working with DISMAC and the Divisional Operation Centres. "We were all on standby and waiting for calls from the DISMAC and operation centres on the assistance we can offer."

Mr Ledua remained mum on the budget set aside for Red Cross operations durinng TC Evan but he said they received cash assistance from the public.

"We cannot reveal the budget but we can determine it after we have done all the operational costs for the evac centres."

He urged the public to take the warning messages seriously and move to their nearest evacuation centres if they were advised to.

He said the FRCS wished to clarify that they did not supply food rations.

"We want to clear the air that we only supply non-food rations like first aid, temporary shelter and emergency kit."

He said they would be operational in the Western, Eastern and Central divisions when the cyclone moved in those directions.


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