Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 11:35 PM on Wednesday 23 April

/ Front page / News

Aust gives $3.7m

Dawn Gibson
Friday, January 25, 2013

THE Australian government has committed another $3.7million in a bid to help Fiji get back on its feet in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Evan.

This was confirmed by the acting Australian High Commissioner, Glenn Miles this week.

"The cyclone is estimated to have caused more than $75million worth of damage, affecting thousands of people in Fiji. This additional support will help children get back to school as soon as possible," Mr Miles said.

He said it would prove beneficial in health stability in the country by ensuring access to health services.

"And support the recovery of food crops damaged for the third time in the same year," he said.

The high commission said in a statement that more help could be expected from Australia. "AusAID will also work with the Fiji Institute of Engineers and other partners to help affected communities make their homes safer and better able to withstand future natural disasters," the statement said.

Australia provided initial emergency assistance packages worth $1.85m and has now contributed a total of about $5m to help rebuild Fiji.