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Fiji Red Cross Joins Government In Damage Assessment

The Fiji Red Cross Society team were deployed to assist Government in assessing the damage in the Maritime zone affected by Cyclone Winston yesterday. According to the Society’s national president,
23 Feb 2016 10:38
Fiji Red Cross Joins Government In Damage Assessment
Fiji Red Cross Society volunteer, Tomu Osbourne showing members of the media cooking sets and other standby items for natural disasters that will be delivered to victims in affected areas by Cyclone Winston around the country PHOTO:Arieta Vakasukawaqa

The Fiji Red Cross Society team were deployed to assist Government in assessing the damage in the Maritime zone affected by Cyclone Winston yesterday.

According to the Society’s national president, Cathy Wong, a few teams were deployed to the Western Division and Northern Division to commence assessments in some affected areas.

“Fiji Red Cross will join Government and other response teams going out to assess the damage in the Maritime zone and see how we can support response. We are in full force without any unnecessary delay in our response.

“We have had Red Cross staff from across the Pacific Islands, Cook Islands, and Tonga and Solomon Islands assisting us. The volunteers had already started assessments in the Central Division,” she said.

Ms Fong said their first priority were the most vulnerable areas and the informal settlements.

“As you all know, the most vulnerable in this time of need are the less fortunate communities. They were our first priority,” she said.

Fiji Red Cross Society operations manager, Eseroma Ledua, said they had attended five to six villages providing were clothes and tumpline to cover part of the houses that were blown off.

“Four teams will be leaving with the Government assessment team today (yesterday) where they will analyse, then from there we will see the families that will benefit from the items that we are going to give out.

“Even our volunteers are also affected, so what we have advised them to please keep their homes safe first before coming in to support the operations,” Mr Ledua said.

“In the Western Division, our main priorities are Tavua, Rakiraki, Ba, Nalawa and part of Lautoka. They are part of our assessment.”

“Governments priorities are also our priorities,” Mr Ledua said.

 

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