Aid body targets 5500 families

ABOUT 2150 families have been assisted out of the 9989 victims of both Tropical Cyclone (TC) Josie and Severe TC Keni by the Fiji Red Cross.

This was revealed by Fiji Red Cross director general Filipe Nainoca who said their target was to reach out to 5500 households.

“At the moment we are looking for assistance from our partners, the Australian Government, the Australian Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and New Zealand Red Cross,” Mr Nainoca said.

“We are specifically assisting only those who are affected.”

He said the Fiji Red Cross had been assisted with $131,370 from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

“This covers 1000 dignity kits, 1000 hygiene kits and the cost of the helicopter that took the team to Kadavu yesterday (Thursday),” he said.

He said they were yet to receive a report from their team on Kadavu.

Mr Nainoca has also advised the public to boil all drinking water as it was still not safe for drinking.

Meanwhile, Fiji Red Cross operations manager Eseroma Ledua said their top priority would be based on the assessment of how many families had been affected.

“Right now the top priority is that we are giving out water containers, together with the purification tablets, hygiene kits, dignity kits, blankets, backpacks which contains clothes, tarpaulins, cooking sets and mosquito nets,” Mr Ledua said.

“The distribution is based on the assessment then we will give out the particular kit that each family qualifies for based on their needs.”

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