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Fiji Red Cross Ready To Help

The Fiji Red Cross Society is ready to help Government provide water to areas badly affected by the dry weather currently affecting Fiji, should the need arise. Society’s director general,
10 Sep 2014 08:00

The Fiji Red Cross Society is ready to help Government provide water to areas badly affected by the dry weather currently affecting Fiji, should the need arise.

Society’s director general, Filipe Nainoca, said yesterday they were conscious of the prolonged dry weather and were monitoring the situation.

“One of our teams is on the ground including our district co-ordinators and we are monitoring the situation. We are conscious of the situation,” Mr Nainoca said.

He said they were preparing two water purification units in case the need for it arose.

“One thing about prolonged dry weather is that the wells dry up and there would be a need for bulk water supply in affected areas. But of course we will work with government to see where the needs are and assistance that would best meet it,” Mr Nainoca said.

He said they would be sitting with the National Disaster Management Office to see how they could best assist.

Meanwhile, last month the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities issued an advisory to the public to use water sparingly during this current dry weather.

The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Francis Kean, said the dry spell was driven by the potential El Nino that had been trying to develop fully in the Pacific since May this year.

“This situation began in the latter parts of May, 2014, caused by a below average to well-below average rainfall through the months of June and July,” Mr Kean said.

He said last month almost all divisions registered well below -average rainfalls, indicating that this dry condition has spread across the country.

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