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Relief For Villages

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) last week distributed over 370 food ration packages to four villages in the district of Vutia, Rewa. NDMO acting director Akapusi Tuifagalele said the
14 Feb 2015 14:19
Relief For Villages
Government officials with members of the Vutia community distrubutes food rations at Vutia Village in Rewa. Photo: Deptfo News

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) last week distributed over 370 food ration packages to four villages in the district of Vutia, Rewa.

NDMO acting director Akapusi Tuifagalele said the four villages – Narocivo, Laucala, Muanai-i-cake-, and Muana-i-ra – needed food rations because the people had been cut off from a primary food source because of the fishing ban.

“The resulting Environmental Emergency Declaration from the sewage spill in Nabua led to a fishing ban in certain waters including the Rewa River mouth,” Mr Tuifagalele said.

“The surrounding waters which had been a primary food source for Vutia had been restricted.

“Their food security was affected and they sought Government’s help.

“We’ve managed to distribute 237 food packages for adults and 135 for children.”

Each adult received 8kg rice, 4kg sugar, 2kg dhal, 4kg flour, 1 litre cooking oil, 4 cans of tinned fish, and 4 cans of tinned meat, while each child received 4 kg rice, 4kg sugar, 2kg dhal, 4kg flour, 1 packet powdered milk, 2 cans tinned fish, and 2 cans tinned meat.

Mr Tuifagalele said the assistance provided was sourced from the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund.

“Over $28,000 was made available from the Prime Minister’s Office, while the NDMO together with the provincial administrator Rewa headed the work on the ground.”

The NDMO said more operations like these would depend on a needs basis only.

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