Update: Maritime water carting exercise

The crew of the MV Princess Moana sets up more than 100meters of hose to deliver water to Nacula Village. Picture: REPEKA NASIKO

MORE than 73,000 litres of water have been delivered to islands in the Lomaiviti Group as part of the Eastern Division Immediate Response Plan.

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services through the National Disaster Management Office continues to work with the Water Authority of Fiji in the water carting exercise around the rural and maritime areas.

According to a media release from Government, the team on board the MLC Sigavou delivered 39,000 liters of water in Makogai, 28,166 liters in Batiki, and 6,795 liters for Moturiki in this initial phase of the Eastern Division Immediate Response Plan.

The carting of water for Northen Lau commenced last Thursday with the focus on Avea Cikobia and Adi Maopa Secondary School.

This schedule will also cover Lovu village and Gau Secondary School upon their return while the team is expected to supply and meet the capacity target of the affected communities for the duration of two weeks pending further assessment of prevailing weather conditions affecting the group.

The NDMO has also received requests from Southern Lau including Kabara, Oneata, Ogea and Totoya for water carting where the delivery will be scheduled once verification has been completed by the relevant agencies on the ground.

Meanwhile, a total of 1, 267,000 liters of water have been delivered to the Yasawa’s including Malolo Island, Waya Lailai Island, Wayalevu, Yasawa, Vatulele, Viwa and Nacula Island.

The NDMO continues to monitor the water carting schedule and is on standby.

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