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We Make A Difference By Donating Generously To Help Cyclone Victims

Today we remember those who have died; been injured and lost properties; crops and livestock during Cyclone Winston. As we count the losses, it’s an opportune time to think about
22 Feb 2016 10:08
We Make A Difference By Donating Generously To Help Cyclone Victims

Today we remember those who have died; been injured and lost properties; crops and livestock during Cyclone Winston.

As we count the losses, it’s an opportune time to think about the magnitude of this disaster.

This was a monster cyclone born out of a changing weather pattern linked to climate change. And it may not be the last. We have been warned and the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has raised our concerns about the wild weather because of climate change.

Cyclone Winston, a Category Five, is said to be the most powerful cyclone to hit Fiji and the region. Casualties were inevitable. The death toll has hit double digits. Aerial photos of devastation show the maritime islands have been hit severely, particularly Koro Island. They show that standard structures stood no chance against Winston.

From what we now know, the future rebuilding  programme should take into consideration the strength and quality of buildings. Weak structures can become lethal missiles during a cyclone. It won’t be surprising that some of those confirmed dead or injured were victims of airborne debris. Similar building code and conditions that apply to urban construction should also be enforced in the rural areas.

In a time of emergency that we are facing, assistance from kind people and development partners needs special acknowledgement. We commend businesses which have donated food, water, medicine, sanitation items, water purification equipment, building material and other basic relief supplies. It is a time to give generously and help people whose lives have been turned upside down.

Mr Bainimarama continues his exemplary leadership from the front.

At the briefing of key agencies and government departments on Sunday night, Mr Bainimarama showed why he is an excellent leader. He called for a co-ordinated and integrated approach to relief work and rehabilitation to avoid duplication and a waste of time and resources. He advised relief teams to be well prepared before they went out to the islands to help.

Like Mr Bainimarama said, this is a time of unity, that we stand together in the face of this disaster. Little acts of kindness will go a long way to uplifting a victim.

We take this time to thank the armed security, the Police and the military, for their dedication and sacrifice in keeping us safe and reaching out to help victims.

When we all stand together, the burden  becomes lighter plus peace and comfort return to those worst hit and are traumatised.

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