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Speaker Leads Parliament Distribution Team

Parliamentary staff members led by the Parliament Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni have joined in the distribution of relief supplies to people affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. On Saturday the team
07 Mar 2016 10:33
Speaker Leads Parliament Distribution Team
Parliament Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni

Parliamentary staff members led by the Parliament Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni have joined in the distribution of relief supplies to people affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

On Saturday the team visited the Naria Settlements as well as Namuaimada and Navitilevu villages in Rakiraki, Ra.

Dr Luveni encouraged the families to be strong and to continue in the clean-up efforts.

She advised them not to wait for Government or other forms of assistance.

The Speaker also emphasised that their team was not from Government.

“We are not from Government. With whatever little we have collected in Parliament, we decided to visit your families,” Dr Luveni told families.

They distributed 100 packs of basic food items, water and clothes to some families. One of those families were living under a make-shift tarpaulin shed.

Anaseini Kitu, 30, was the first person the Parliamentary team assisted.

She said she was happy with the team from Parliament led by the Speaker.

“I have been assisted by other organisations but water was what I needed most, which was given to me by the team,” Ms Kitu said.

The Parliament team went through the Naria Settlements and met four families that still lived together in a house which was partly damaged. They also crossed a river to visit a family which no longer had a roof over their heads.

The team then visited Namuaimada and Navitilevu villages.

The village headmen (turaga-ni-koro) of Namuaimada Josaia Rawaidranu said he was grateful for the assistance and explained how the village had suffered as a result of the recent cyclone.

“We have 87 families and had 12 evacuation centres during the hurricane. Fifty-two houses were totally damaged and 28 partly damaged. 14 temporary shelters have been constructed so far to cater for the 408 villagers,” Mr Rawaidranu said.

He said they were fortunate that no lives were lost and no one seriously injured.

The headman of Navitilevu, Voniani Nauli, was also grateful for the Parliament team’s assistance.

“Now, only four houses remain standing from the 127 houses,” Mr Nauli said.

The Parliamentary team will continue with fundraising activities and are planning to visit other affected villages and settlements in the near future.

 

 

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