Drinking water, hygiene a concern

A LACK of clean drinking water and hygiene were two of the most prevalent issues Fiji Red Cross Society volunteers came across during their outreach in the Western Division.

According to a situation report, volunteers were travelling to parts of the Western Division that were affected the most as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni.

With initial assessments and distributions continuing around the division, the organisation found that some areas in the division were still without water and power.

Residents in farming areas were also at risk of running out of food, especially those dependent on plantations.

In Lautoka, volunteers identified Naviyago, Vunato, Lomolomo, Tavakubu, Wairabetia, Naudole (Naviyago) and Nadurukuju as the most vulnerable areas.

Nailaga, Yalalevu, Savusavu, Vatulaulau, Cirisobu, Koroqaqa and Nasolo in Ba were among the most affected.

A similar situation was faced by residents in Nasivi Village, Toko, Lololevu Village, Nadolodolo, Vanuaquiri and Rabulu in Tavua.