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Letters To The Editor, 23rd February, 2016

PM’s assurance Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Delta, BC, Canada   For us who live overseas, our hearts sincerely go out to all Fijians who have suffered  and are going through hardships following
23 Feb 2016 10:08
Letters To The Editor, 23rd February, 2016

PM’s assurance

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Delta, BC, Canada

 

For us who live overseas, our hearts sincerely go out to all Fijians who have suffered  and are going through hardships following the ravage caused by Cyclone Winston.

The Prime Minister had asked Fijians to help one another during the onslaught of Cyclone Winston and he and his FijiFirst Government have given assurance to work hard and fast on the restoration process, covering all the widespread areas destroyed and affected.

It is said that the game of rugby normally brings the Fijian nation together, but I believe that natural disasters like this should bring out the true Fijian spirit in us, putting aside all racial, political, religious and every other differences we have, to re-build each other up as one nation.

Assistance from overseas will be flooding in and we all pray that Fijians will work closely together for a quick recovery.

We may not be there but our prayers are with you. For God can produce a prosperous Fiji, with overseas doors of opportunities opening, after recovering from the devastation of Cyclone Winston.

 

Cyclone Winston

Dewan Chand, Suva

 

The most devastating  Cyclone Winston passed over Fiji and wrecked unimaginable damage to life and property. Cyclone Winston has followed a most unusual path. It crossed over Fiji towards Tonga and made a U-turn towards Fiji.

However, the well-oiled disaster management machinery of the Government swung into action to provide help and assistance to all Fijians. Over 600 evacuation centres were opened to protect our people in their hour of need.

I salute the Prime Minister and his team who spearheaded the entire rescue operation. This was a Herculean task but our disaster management network was not found wanting.

I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all men and women who sacrificed their own safety to look after Fijians in need. These include the National Disaster Management Committee, Police Force, Army and all the church and school managements administrations who provided venues for evacuation centres. These speak loud and clear of the human spirit of service which is alive and well.

The radio stations and the Fiji weather office must be commended for their regular updates which was so essential during natural disasters. The Red Cross Society and other organisations also pitched in to provide for the needy. This is the true Fijian spirit of share and care.

My deep condolences to those who had lost their loved ones. Property damaged and crops lost can always be rebuilt and re-planted but the lives lost can never be brought back.

May the Lord’s blessings be upon the people of Fiji always.

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