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President Konrote And Govt Ministers In Vanuabalavu

The President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote yesterday visited cyclone-ravaged Vanuabalavu in the Lau group. Vanuabalavu was among the many islands in Fiji that were badly hit by the recent Tropical
04 Mar 2016 12:55
President Konrote And Govt Ministers In Vanuabalavu
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu meets a villager of Mavana with the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote during their visit to Vanuabalavu Island yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

The President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote yesterday visited cyclone-ravaged Vanuabalavu in the Lau group.

Vanuabalavu was among the many islands in Fiji that were badly hit by the recent Tropical Cyclone Winston more than a week ago.

Mr Konrote was accompanied by Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, acting Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and acting Commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

Apart from inspecting the extent of damage left behind by TC Winston, the delegation also met with the people, community leaders and Government officials on the island.

Mr Seruiratu said the situation in Vanuabalavu was consistent with the worst-affected areas around the country.

“But I am thankful that the people have started with the rebuilding process with the initial wave of assistance posted to Vanuabalavu,” Mr Seruiratu said.

 

Water

Mr Seruiratu said one of the pressing problems of by the people of Vanuabalavu was shortage of clean water.

“Some of the villages will run out of water soon because their water containers or particularly their water tanks were damaged.”

He confirmed that water rations for the villages have already been shipped however water was also needed for other use.

Mr Seruiratu said Government would be discussing with the Water Authority of Fiji to perhaps reinforce their teams on Vanuabalavu.

“Storage is a concern but that will be solved by the assistance provided by the NZ government because they already have water tanks on the HMNZS Canterbury that will be given to the people. They also have a desalination unit that can do about 10,000 gallons a day so that should be enough to cater for the people,” he said.

 

Schools

Mr Seruiratu said most of the schools on Vanuabalavu were badly damaged.

“The engineers should start with the reconstruction process particularly with temporary shelters so that school can resume.”

Mr Seruiratu said seedlings would be arriving on the HMNZS Canterbury today and distributed to villages on the island.

 

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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