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54,615 Evacuees Still In Centres, Death Toll Now 43

There are 54,615 people still being looked after in 899 active evacuations centres around the country, says Akapusi Tuifagalele. The National Disaster Management Office director said the Central Division has
01 Mar 2016 13:02
54,615 Evacuees Still In Centres, Death Toll Now 43
Children of Nabulini Village.

There are 54,615 people still being looked after in 899 active evacuations centres around the country, says Akapusi Tuifagalele.

The National Disaster Management Office director said the Central Division has had the highest number of evacuees which was 11,952.

However, Mr Tuifagalele said the number of evacuees in the Western Division had dramatically increased to 29,444.

“The number of evacuees in the Eastern Division is 9797 and Northern Division, 3421 bringing the total of evacuees around the country to 54, 615,” he said.

Mr Tuifagalele said 623 Republic of the Fiji Military Forces personnel are currently on the ground in each division around the country.

“Our main focus is ration distribution; villages in Tailevu have received their food rations for a month and this include the Lomaiviti Group and Vanuabalavu.

“For those living in the interior of the main islands; their food rations were airlifted to them by helicopters,”he said.

Mr Tuifagalele said the communication network within Vanuabalavu had been restored; 15 soldiers are currently on the island assisting with the clean-up and distribution of humanitarian assistance.

“A boat from Tonga is currently assisting with ration delivery in Vanuabalavu and they also brought food rations and other essential items with them.

“Water Authority of Fiji is working around the clock in trying to restore water back to normal and Fiji Roads Authority is helping fix roads in the both the main islands,” he said.

 

Another victim dead

Mr Tuifagalele said this was after an injured person, who was airlifted from Koro Island to Suva, died at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

This increased the number of deaths up to now from 42 to 43.

Mr Tuifagalele also said Royal Fiji Military Forces soldiers were currently on the ground assisting with humanitarian assistance and delivery of relief rations in the four divisions around the country.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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