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PM sends letter of sympathy after QLD floods

Ioane Burese
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has sent a letter of sympathy to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard following the devastation in Queensland caused by a recent flooding.

"May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the people of Fiji, to convey to you, Prime Minister, our deep sadness at the extent of the flooding in Queensland associated with the monsoonal system, and the loss of life, destruction to property and suffering to the general public," Commodore Bainimarama said. "Having also recently suffered the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Evan, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Queensland, especially the families of the victims and with all the people of Australia."

Meanwhile, Fiji nationals living in Queensland have been requested to contact the Fiji High Commission in Canberra should they require consular services following adverse flooding and severe post-cyclone weather.

The High Commission's acting head of mission Cheryl Brown-Irava said their staff were ready to assist former Fiji residents or any Fiji nationals residing in the northern state of Queensland should they need consular assistance.

"There is a sizeable Fiji community in Ipswich and we are in touch with contacts there for any assistance they may require," she said.


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