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Volunteers sacrifice for victims

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, December 28, 2012

VOLUNTEERS at the Fiji Red Cross Lautoka office have been working tirelessly since last Wednesday delivering supplies to families severely affected by Cyclone Evan.

And the volunteers willingly gave up the chance to celebrate Christmas with their families to continue with distribution efforts to affected areas in the Western Division.

Red Cross Lautoka president Faiaaz Ali said volunteers were working round-the-clock delivering clothing, blankets, and emergency kits to families who were left homeless by the TC Evan.

"So far we've helped close to 1500 people in Lautoka and Ba," Mr Ali said.

"The distribution efforts were a bit difficult this time around because affected homes are far apart. In the January and March floods, people and families that we helped were close to each other and so it was easier for us to deliver emergency supplies to them."

"Nonetheless we will keep on delivering all of these packs to the people that most need it," Mr Ali said confidently.

He said the process of delivering emergency packs had changed since the January and March floods.

"Last time we conducted damage assessments before we decided which families got relief supplies and it was more than a week before the supplies were sent to them.

"But this time we are conducting initial damage assessment reports and sending out relief supplies at the same time. We don't want to keep these families waiting for help to arrive."

Meanwhile, as of Boxing Day, 1313 people were still occupying 42 evacuation centres in the Western Division.

This number included 107 infants and 510 children.