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Contribute To Govt Funds To Help Cyclone Victims

As details of Cyclone Winston continue to flow in, it is becoming evident that this cyclone will go down in the annals of this country as the most powerful and
24 Feb 2016 10:52
Contribute To Govt Funds To Help Cyclone Victims
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As details of Cyclone Winston continue to flow in, it is becoming evident that this cyclone will go down in the annals of this country as the most powerful and destructive  recorded storm ever. Grim tales of death and survival continue to filter in as communication is restored.

Take for example the story of 12-year-old Ra student Josefa Tumura’s unselfish act of love and sacrifice for his parents. Injured by a falling debris and rapidly losing blood, he realised that any attempts to save him would end in vain because of the treacherous conditions. It was a dark, windy and cold stormy night, visibility was very poor and saving him was impossible because accessibility had been cut off for any medical emergency. His dying wish to his parents “You can leave me behind. Try and save your own lives.” They survived. He succumbed to the injury and died.

There are also stories of heroes and heroines who risked their lives to save others. Many of the cyclone-stricken areas are still cut off from the outside world because the communication towers have been knocked over. In the face of this calamity, it is encouraging to see the compassion and the best in the human spirit come to the fore.

Development partners, New Zealand and Australia have rolled into action. New Zealand has taken the lead in doing what it does best, aerial surveys and putting assessment teams and emergency relief supplies on the ground. Australia is following hot on NZ’s heels. India has extended US$1 million as immediate assistance to Fiji.

“Reaching out to a friend in need,” India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson tweeted.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has called on the Commonwealth family to provide support to Fiji through coordinated disaster relief. The Commonwealth sees the vulnerabilities of its small states as a particular priority, with the Commonwealth’s work in this area focusing on resilience and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides says the European Union has deployed an emergency assessment expert in Fiji to help assess the damage and to advise the EU on the need for humanitarian assistance. The EU is closely monitoring the situation in Fiji. It says it stands with the people of Fiji at this difficult time.

The Chinese Embassy in Suva has forwarded US$100,000 emergency humanitarian aid from China Red Cross Society to the Fijian counterpart. The aid is the first donation that Fiji Red Cross Society has received from foreign governments since Winston hit. Chinese Embassy in Fiji is in close connection with relevant departments of Fijian Government for the disaster situation and the needs of Fiji. China is willing to continue to provide humanitarian aid to Fiji and actively participate in its reconstruction, sparing no effort to help the Fijian people rebuild their homes.

The Government has set up Disaster Relief Funds. People are encouraged to contribute directly to these funds which will be used to help cyclone victims.

International and local donations cane be made through the following account:

Account Number: 12628523

Account Name: Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation; Cyclone Winston

Swift Code: ANZ BFJFX

BSB: 010 890

Local donations can be made through the following accounts:

Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation

Account Number: 9806094927

Account Name: Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation; Cyclone Winston

 

Bank: Bank South Pacific

Account Number: 80399804

Account Name: Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation: Cyclone Winston

 

Bank: Home Finance Corporation Bank

Account Number: 17822 s10

Account Name: Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation: Cyclone Winston

So please give generously.

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