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Cyclone Tino Aftermath: Basic Food Items Out Of Stock In Rotuma

Post Fiji Head of Retail and Marketing Isaac Mow said they are waiting for the next vessel to take their stock to Rotuma.
23 Jan 2020 10:47
Cyclone Tino Aftermath: Basic Food Items Out Of Stock In Rotuma
Oinafa Wharf after Tropical Cyclone Tino hit Rotuma.

Basic food items on the island of Rotuma are running out.

Villagers fear that replenishment will not arrive soon after the Oinafa Wharf was washed away last Friday by Tropical Cyclone Tino,

Rotuma Post Master Alosio Buto at Ahau yesterday confirmed that food stock was running out.

Mr Buto said goods that they are left with would last by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.

“We are running out of stock especially rice, flour, sugar which we need every day,” Mr Buto said.

“The stock that we have at the moment will finish by the end of this week or early next.

“In the last two weeks, we only received our stationery stock and not food and frozen food.”

Staff Paul Percy Wong said they have almost run out of everything.

“The last time we had our food and frozen food stock was before Christmas,” Mr Wong said.

“Now we have to get the confirmation for the wharf and it is pretty bad. Right now, people are rushing to buy their groceries because they know the boat will not be coming for a while,” Mr Wong said.

“It all depends on the wharf. The damage is quite big. The place where the vessels used to tie the rope is now damaged and the passenger shelter is flat on the ground,” he said.

“Right now toilet paper is about to finish, we have only two bags of rice, sugar to finish, no more flour and tea bags are about to finish. All the frozen items have finished.

Post Fiji Head of Retail and Marketing Isaac Mow said they are waiting for the next vessel to take their stock to Rotuma.

“If the boats can’t offload the goods to the shore then we will not be able to get the goods across,” Mr Mow said.

“In some islands in Lau, the vessel docks out in the open sea and the fiber boats help carry the goods to the shore so we have to see if that will be an option for us.”

Meanwhile yesterday Fiji Roads Authority confirmed that they were going through with the assessment of the Oinafa Wharf.

The FRA team was deployed to Oinafa, Rotuma last night and are expected to arrive there on Friday. Repair works will begin by Saturday.

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