Fiji's residents of Lau and north face full brunt of Cyclone Tomas (2)

13:08, March 18, 2010      

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A New Zealand Air Force transport airplane landed in Fiji on Wednesday with the Australian and French airplanes being deployed for assessment flights the same afternoon.

On Thursday the Northern team will fly to Cikobia, one of the most affected islands in the division.

In conjunction, three Fiji Navy vessels left on Wednesday for Lomaiviti, Lau and for the Northern Region islands, such as Cikobia.

These vessels were carrying emergency relief supplies including food, water, tents and tarpaulins.

On Friday, two vessels will leave for Lau and Lomaiviti groups with more supplies. They will also carry planting material from the Ministry of Agriculture as well as military engineers and public servants who will be deployed to carry out rehabilitation work.

In this respect, apart from providing emergency supplies of food and water, the Fiji government will focus on rehabilitating medical centers and schools that have been damaged.

Bainimarama wanted schools and medical centers operational immediately.

In areas where schools and medical centers have been completely damaged or shall require time to rehabilitate the structures, make- shift accommodation will be provided through large tents.

Apart from the outer islands, relief work and assessment was also being carried out in the affected parts of Vanua Levu, Taveuni,Rabi and Kioa.

The Northern Region and the Lomaiviti and Lau Groups have been declared a Natural Disaster area for the next 30 days.

Bainimarama said Fiji military territorial engineers will be deployed to work on the priority areas of schools, hospitals and medical centers while the Navy will be deployed to expedite the rehabilitation work.

He thanked Australia, New Zealand and France for their assistance.

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