CONTRACTED Malaysian road upgrade company NAIM Construction Fiji Limited has put its road rehabilitation programs on hold to help out with the clean-up process in the Western Division.
NAIM general manager Fiji Johari Abdullah said the company was responding to a request by the Fiji government for assistance.
"Because of the seriousness of the cyclone and the many roads and access ways that were affected, we felt that this was an area that we could help in.
"We have provided eight trucks, two loaders, one backhoe and 40 of our staff for the duration of the clean-up work that is required," he said.
Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said they acknowledged the assistance provided by NAIM during Fiji's hour of need.
"We had requested some equipment from them and they responded by giving us their whole team, along with trucks and machinery," he said.
Another foreign-owned company also contracted to undertake roadworks in the country — China Railway First Group — paid a visit to the Commissioner Western's office to give food and bedding for flood victims.
The company gave rice, flour, mattresses and blankets valued at $14,000 to cyclone victims in the country.
"We were deeply moved by the tragedy that has hit Fiji, especially the Western Division, and we wish to express our deepest sympathy to all affected families," said Donald Singh, the company's agribusiness manager.