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UK assistance

Ioane Burese
Saturday, December 22, 2012

THE United Kingdom has announced its support to Fiji and Samoa following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

When announcing the financial assistance, Minister of State for the Pacific, Hugo Swire MP, made the following statement:

"Following the devastation of Cyclone Evan this week I can confirm that the UK will be providing additional financial assistance to both Samoa and Fiji in this difficult time.

"The assistance for disaster relief will be made available via the Red Cross and other non-government organisations, as appropriate.

"The UK remains committed to the Pacific region. We hope that assistance will go some way to help the situation in both countries."

Acting High Commissioner Martin Fidler said, "I hope this assistance of more than $F150,000 to Fiji (£50,000) will assist those affected by the cyclone with immediate needs so they are able to return to their homes for Christmas."

The High Commission will be handing over the UK contribution for Fiji to the Fiji Red Cross.