State of emergency declared for north, east Fiji after Cyclone Tomas

10:33, March 16, 2010      

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A state of emergency was declared for the northern and eastern parts of Fiji on Tuesday as Cyclone Tomas sweeping southward.

The state of emergency will last for 30 days from Tuesday for the whole of the Northern and Eastern divisions of Fiji.

The declaration was made Tuesday morning by the National Disaster Council made up of the heads of several major ministries in Fiji.

Military and naval personnel will be deployed as soon as possible to facilitate relief efforts including provision of food and basic supplies.

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