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Australia’s Plane Loads Off Help Here

We will be here for as long as the Government of Fiji needs us, says Australian Army Officer Commanding A Squadron, Major Andrew Lean. He led a team of Australian
25 Feb 2016 10:56
Australia’s Plane Loads Off Help Here
Royal Australian Air-Force air-craft A41-213 arrived at Nausori with relief supplies yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

We will be here for as long as the Government of Fiji needs us, says Australian Army Officer Commanding A Squadron, Major Andrew Lean.

He led a team of Australian soldiers which landed at the Nausori International Airport on Tuesday with relief supplies.

Yesterday and today more Australian aircraft are touching down at Nausori International Airport carrying helicopters, supplies and medical specialists.

He said they were here to help islands that were badly affected by Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston.

Major Lean said: “We are here for the people of Fiji and we’re going to give them all the help we can give for as long as the Government needs us.”

They were met by the Australian High Commissioner Margaret Twomey.

“We’re really pleased to see this first huge plane load of humanitarian assistance arrive here in Fiji,” Ms Twomey said.

“It’s part of the $5 million dollar package from the Australian government transported by the Australian Defence Force.

“We have shelter, tarpaulins for the people who lost their homes or their roofs and they also have   hygienic equipment and we have sanitary products to help people who have no water,” she said.

The supplies were handed over to UNICEF and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

“The two agencies will in collaboration decide who it will be distributed to,” she said.

UNICEF deputy representative Isabelle Austin said: “This is a wonderful afternoon on Day Two of the response to get a plane load of relief supplies ready to be distributed.

“The arrival of supplies was timely as our warehouse was emptied yesterday for the people of Koro Island while the Island of Ovalau and Lau Group were sent supplies today.

“The supply brought in by the Australian government is very important to us. It will help us with our operations which is co-ordinated with the NDMO and the Ministry of Health,” she said.

Edited by Maikeli Seru

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