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PM Bainimarama Heads To Tailevu North

  Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama heads to Tailevu North today as  he visits Cyclone Winston-stricken areas. Tailevu North is one of the worst hit regions. It includes the badly damaged
24 Feb 2016 14:31
PM Bainimarama Heads To Tailevu North
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with children from Nasinu Sangam School evacuation centre yesterday.

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama heads to Tailevu North today as  he visits Cyclone Winston-stricken areas.

Tailevu North is one of the worst hit regions.

It includes the badly damaged Queen Victoria School, Qelekuro where a villager was killed and the greater Dawasamu area.

Mr Bainimarama will be accompanied by a team from the Commissioner Central’s Office which will also distribute relief rations to victims.

His tour comes as the death toll rose from 21 to 29. The additional eight were all from Koro. A baby is also missing. (See also first ground photos and reports from Nasau, Koro, in this edition).

As the magnitude of the disaster continues to unfold, more development partners have committed help.

Australia has pledged A$5 million (F$7.73 million) assistance package and MRH-90 helicopters to assist in carrying out relief work. Others who have pledged help are China, India, New Zealand, United States, Commonwealth and European Union. (See report, Page 20).

Mr Bainimarama paid tribute to our friends in the region and around the world, along with our local businesses and ordinary Fijians, “who are rallying to our assistance in our hour of need.”

“We’ve received an enormous amount of interest from Fijians here and abroad, and others who recognise our dire circumstances, wanting to provide assistance. We need to make sure that your donations go to the right people. Therefore, all donations must go through our National Disaster Management Office.

“From there, we can determine how best to deliver these funds where they are needed most and ensure that they are coordinated at a national level.

“All overseas donations will be duty and VAT exempt.”

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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