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Relief for victims

Salaseini Vosamana
Monday, December 24, 2012

PEOPLE affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan in the north will not forego Christmas this year.

This is after the Australian government handed over AusAID relief items to the Commissioner Northern's office via the Royal Australian Air Force C130 that landed at Waiqele Airport in Labasa on Saturday.

Divisional planning officer northern Alipate Bolalevu said the first batch of items was carted across from Nadi to Labasa.

"We expect to receive three loads of items from the Royal Australian Air Force C130 for victims in the north," he said.

"Our focus now is to provide temporary shelters and other necessary items to the victims as soon as possible using the assistance from AusAID and we want to complete the distribution of temporary shelters before Christmas."

Mr Bolalevu also said the construction of temporary classrooms was planned for Naivaka Primary School and calculations and stocking of rations for affected boarding schools.

"We are so grateful to the Australian government for their timely assistance in trying to help the needy ones in society," he said.

Australian High Commission's second secretary for Regional Partnership and Aid Effectiveness Rebecca McClean said the items included water purification tablets, hygiene and shelter kit, blanket and tarpaulins to name a few.

"The Fiji government approached us for assistance and we responded effectively in our bid to help the victims of TC Evan," Ms McClean said.

"We also distributed some items to the Commissioner Western's Office as people in the west were badly affected by the cyclone.

"This is part of our humanitarian assistance in trying to help the victims get back on their feet."

Ms McClean said such assistance distributed to victims around the country was valued at $1.85million which also included transportation costs.