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Two Teams To Leave For Koro Today

Two teams will be dispatched to Koro island today, the most battered island in the Lomaiviti Group. This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
22 Feb 2016 10:48
Two Teams To Leave For Koro Today
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) with Corrections Service Commissioner Commander Francis Kean at the commissioning of the new chapel on Friday, October 15, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Two teams will be dispatched to Koro island today, the most battered island in the Lomaiviti Group.

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun yesterday by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The teams are made up of personnel from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) and the National Disaster Management Office.

He said a team from the NDMO would carry out a survey on the island and distribute emergency rations. The military will be there to do clearing and setting up temporary shelters.

Communications from Koro had been cut off but reports emerging from the island were that all houses in all the villages were damaged.

Some people were injured, one was dead and two missing. The funeral for the 80-year-old will be held today. All schools on the island were damaged.

Transportation around the island was cut off with landslides and trees blocking access for vehicles and members of the public.

Yesterday the director of the NDMO, Akapusi Tuifagalele, said a New Zealand Air Force Orion P3 returned from an aerial survey of damages done by Tropical Cyclone Winston in  Lau and the Lomaviti Group.

Pictures from Tavua villages in Koro were shown to the Prime Minister.

The trip to Koro shows the commitment of the FijiFirst Government to get lives back to normal for those affected.

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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