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NZDF C-130 Hercules Transports Help Here

A New Zealand Defence Force C-130 Hercules arrived in Fiji last night with 12 tonnes of aid supplies and an inter-agency team that would help assess damage caused by Cyclone Winston.
23 Feb 2016 09:49
NZDF C-130 Hercules Transports Help Here
New Zealand Defence personnel loading supplies into NZDF C-130 Hercules in New Zealand yesterday. Photo: New Zealand Defence Force

A New Zealand Defence Force C-130 Hercules arrived in Fiji last night with 12 tonnes of aid supplies and an inter-agency team that would help assess damage caused by Cyclone Winston.

“We hope that this contribution from New Zealand will go a long way in helping the people of Fiji,” said Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Kevin McEvoy, the Acting Commander Joint Forces New Zealand.

AIRCDRE McEvoy said the aid supplies included tool kits, generators, water, ration packs, water containers, chainsaws and tarpaulins.

The Joint Reconnaissance team, comprised of NZDF personnel and staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Fire Service, would help Fijian authorities assess the damage and co-ordinate the New Zealand government’s disaster relief efforts.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft has been conducting aerial surveillance in Fiji’s northern outlying islands since Sunday to assist Fijian officials in assessing the devastation caused by the cyclone.

 

 

 

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