Three Schools Resume Classes
If there is a need to send more personnel to Vanuatu, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces is prepared to assist.
RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said if Government wanted to increase the number of engineers on the ground, they would step in to accommodate the need.
Earlier this week three schools in the Northern part of Efate Island, Vanuatu, resumed classes – just three weeks after Cyclone Pam desolated the island.
Onesua Presbyterian College principal Mr Graham said: “The manner in which the Fijian Army personnel improvised with salvaged materials and relief tarpaulins and the speed and commitment in which they worked, was remarkable.”
Onesua Presbyterian College, Manua Primary and Takara Primary Schools all sustained extensive damage to structures and teachers quarters.
A statement from the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management officials in Vanuatu said the engineers cleared the cyclone debris before constructing temporary shelters within the damaged structures to enable resumption of school.
The head of the Fiji Response Team in Vanuatu, Lieutenant-Colonel Manasa Tagicakibau said the RFMF engineers were experienced in rehabilitation works.
The deployment of such a big team of 30 engineers to Vanuatu for Cyclone Relief Assistance after Cyclone Pam was purposely to make tangible and meaningful impacts as Fiji’s contribution to assist a neighbour and “brother country” within MSG recover from the devastation.
There are 30 RFMF engineers in Vanuatu.
The Fijian contingent includes doctors, nurses and health inspectors. They will be in Vanuatu for another month.