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Response Prioritises Hit Schools

The Permanent Secretary for National Disaster Management, Filipe Alifereti, reminded the National Steering Committee on Emergency Water Response of the need to work together. The committee was convened to respond
03 Oct 2014 09:44

The Permanent Secretary for National Disaster Management, Filipe Alifereti, reminded the National Steering Committee on Emergency Water Response of the need to work together.

The committee was convened to respond effectively to the need of the communities affected by the prolonged dry spell currently affecting most parts of Fiji.

“We will need to pull our resources together and respond collectively. This is important in minimising risks on the national economy, agricultural production and on the health and education of the people, among other things.

“Our priority right now is to ensure that schools affected continue to open as students prepare to sit for their external exams,” Mr Alifereti said.

The forum also discussed the need to look at long term solutions and how best resources could be utilised as people affected by the dry spell continue to increase.

Furthermore, Mr Alifereti urged the forum to also plan for the worst case scenario should the dry spell continue.

The National Steering Committee on Emergency Water Response, comprising of permanent secretaries, was established to provide guidance, direction and resources to the Divisional Taskforce.

The taskforce is responsible for the carting of emergency water to affected communities.

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