Rations distributed

Evacuees receive food rations from Government in Labasa yesterday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

Evacuees receive food rations from Government in Labasa yesterday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

A WEEK’S supply of food ration has been distributed to evacuees at the 10 evacuation centres in Labasa and Savusavu.

Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea yesterday confirmed food supply distributed to families was expected to last them a week.

“They have been asking us for food after spending a day at the evacuation centres, so today (yesterday) we distributed their food ration,” he said.

“All families at evacuation centres will receive a week’s supply of food.

“Most of these families are only at the centre in the night because during the day, they go to their houses to clean up then return to the centres.”

Such attitude of evacuees, Mr Vocea said, has changed.

“In the past years, the families would remain at the evacuation centres day and night but now, they return home to clean up and do other things before coming back at night,” he said.

“So a lot has changed in people’s attitude. They are becoming proactive and know what to do during bad weather and that’s a positive sign.”

Yesterday, a government team visited Vunivau Village that was also flooded on Thursday.

“As a result of our visit, we discovered, the villagers had also set up an evacuation centre and that has been included in our list of ECs,” Mr Vocea said.

“We are also pleading with people to boil all drinking water.

“The health team is also out in evacuation centres and communities carrying out their work in ensuring prevention of sicknesses or diseases in our communities.”

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