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State help available

Nasik Swami
Friday, December 21, 2012

ALL social welfare recipients badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan have been requested to contact the nearest social welfare office to register for assistance.

Social welfare permanent secretary Govind Sami said those affected could seek assistance through various social welfare programs.

"We sympathise with families in the Western, Central and Northern divisions who have lost all their belongings and sustained damage to their livelihoods," Mr Sami said.

He said the ministry was aware that there were people who could not save anything and were incapable of supporting themselves because of the devastating effects of Evan.

"The ministry will work with offices of the divisional commissioners to identify such individuals, families and ensure they are assisted," Mr Sami said.

"Divisional and district social welfare officers will be available to attend to any requests from individuals.

"The ministry will work with other government ministries and the DISMAC office to provide assistance."

Assistance will also be provided to underprivileged children through the Care and Protection Program.

Mr Sami said the priority at this stage was to bring stability to the lives of those affected by Evan.


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