‘Remain steadfast’

ABOUT 820 families at Nawaka Village in Nadi and surrounding settlements received food rations from Government yesterday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama toured the area and witnessed first-hand how the rations were being distributed to residents of Nawaka Village and Nawaka Tramline, Nawakalevu, Korociri, Vili’s Lane, Balebale and Waisea’s Lane settlements in Nadi.

He encouraged the residents to remain steadfast in their efforts to clean up their homes and rebuild their lives.

Mr Bainimarama said Government was working to address their immediate needs.

Ritesh Kumar, advisory councillor for Nawaka, Kerebula and Korociri, said the food rations were a godsend at a time when many had lost whatever food they had stored during the Sunday, April 1 floods.

“We started distributing ration packs which include flour, rice, sugar, tinned fish and oil from 10am and we expect to continue until late tonight (yesterday),” he said.

Mr Kumar was co-ordinating the distribution to 530 families at Nawaka Tramline, Nawajikuma, Nawakalevu, Korociri, Vili’s Lane, Balebale and Waisea’s Lane.

Nawaka Village headman Mosese Ronakuru said the ration distribution had begun from midday to 284 families in the village.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Office issued a statement yesterday confirming that 2244 people were taking refuge in 39 evacuation centres across the Western Division.

NDMO said in the immediate aftermath of the floods, clearing debris from communities and municipalities was spearheaded by 21 personnel from the National Fire Authority, 75 from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and numerous others from the Fiji Police Force and Fiji Corrections Service.