India’s 40 tonnes of help

AN Indian Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster landed at the Nadi International Airport yesterday bringing in about 40 tonnes of relief supplies for victims of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Consular and acting head of mission for the Indian Government in Fiji, Jagdev Rana, said the emergency relief supplies had been identified as some of the immediate needs for cyclone victims.

“The aircraft is bringing food supplies, medicines and tents and we will be looking at what further assistance can be provided by India to Fiji,” he said.

“We have also pledged $US1 million to Fiji to help in recovery efforts.”

Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau said such emergency relief items would be urgently distributed to the most affected.

More than 62,000 people are seeking shelter in evacuation centres across the country and the number of people who lost their lives during TC Winston remains at 42.

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