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Regional Help Vital: NZ

Vanuatu is in dire need of manpower. That is the assessment coming from the Fijian advance team in Port Vila after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam. Yesterday a
24 Mar 2015 11:34
Regional Help Vital: NZ

Vanuatu is in dire need of manpower. That is the assessment coming from the Fijian advance team in Port Vila after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Yesterday a 40-member relief contingent departed Nausori on the Royal New Zealand Airforce Hercules C-130 to assist in the rehabilitation and relief work there.

Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, reminded the group that they would be in a stressful environment over the next 14 days and that they needed to work together.

Mr Seruiratu was quick to point out the timely assistance of the New Zealand government.

Its High Commissioner to Fiji, Mark Ramsden who was also at the Nausori International Airport yesterday said regional co-operation was vital in times of need.

“Everyone in the region are trying their best to assist. So what we have done is use our C-130 flights to transport aid, equipment and personnel. so we were approached – when the Vanuatu government sort the assistance of the RFMF engineers – we were approached if we can provide transport.

“It’s a perfect example of regional co-operation. I guess we didn’t expect to start working together operationally quite so soon, but of course this is a chance to help a regional neighbour and so this a good chance for NZ and Fiji to work together,” he said.

Minister for Health and Medical services Jone Usamate said they were glad to respond.

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