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Aid from France

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, December 24, 2012

A FRENCH military aircraft arrived in the country at the weekend with relief supplies for people in remote areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

The Republic of France, the government of New Caledonia and its provinces, and the French Red Cross have combined their efforts to provide relief aid to the cyclone victims.

The aircraft, CASA, landed at Nausori Airport at 1pm on Saturday.

It is best suited for short runways and thus the most versatile.

In a statement, the French Embassy said assistance aboard the aircraft includes a management team of civil security.

Also, it includes a South Pacific Regional Intervention Platform (PIROPS) water treatment facility, which is able to provide drinking water for 5000 people per day.

The assistance also includes three tonnes of equipment, mainly generators, water pumps, tarpaulins, tents, food rations and other items.

From Nausori, the aircraft took a load of much-needed materials to Labasa for distribution in areas in the north most affected by the cyclone.

The aircraft returned to New Caledonia yesterday after a few more trips delivering relief aid.

Facilitated by the French Embassy in Suva, the operation was co-funded by the Republic of France, government of New Caledonia and its provinces, with the support of PIROPS and the Armed Forces of New Caledonia.