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Lau relief supply, tour begins

Nasik Swami
Monday, February 19, 2018

A TOTAL of 104 government officials from various ministries and departments have been deployed to undertake damage assessments on the islands of Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa after Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Led by the Divisional Commissioner Eastern, Luke Moroivalu, the team is also taking about 80 tonnes of relief supplies to affected villagers in the Lau Group.

The team left Suva for Ono-i-Lau yesterday and is expected to arrive at midday today.

Minister for Agriculture and National Disaster Management Office Inia Seruiratu was at the Government Shipping Services jetty yesterday to see the team off.

"This team will go and carry out assessments and our response will depend on the assessment carried out," Mr Seruiratu said.

"We have some initial report from Lau and we have sent across food rations that can sustain affected islanders for several weeks."

Mr Seruiratu said the team travelling to Lau would deliver reports to their team leader on the ground on a daily basis who will also supply this information to the NDMO. The team will visit Ono-i-Lau, Vatoa, Fulaga and Ogea islands in the Lau Group.

Tropical Cyclone Gita ravaged through Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa in the Lau Group last Tuesday, leaving 12 families homeless and 30 families with partially damaged houses.

The team is expected to return to Suva on Sunday.

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