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Saunokonoko Village Grateful For Supplies

Saunokonoko villagers in the interior of Navosa were extremely grateful for the supplies brought in by the Minister of Youth and Sport, Laisenia Tuitubou, and the Commissioner Western’s office on
12 Mar 2016 10:22
Saunokonoko Village Grateful For Supplies

Saunokonoko villagers in the interior of Navosa were extremely grateful for the supplies brought in by the Minister of Youth and Sport, Laisenia Tuitubou, and the Commissioner Western’s office on Thursday.

Village headman Iliatia Lagidrau expressed his appreciation when the relief supplies were offloaded as the village’s food source had been completely destroyed by the cyclone.

“The villagers had eagerly been waiting for some sort of assistance ever since the cyclone passed and today we are extremely grateful to receive the rations and supplies from Government,” Mr Lagidrau said.

Mr Tuitubou said even though the supplies were delayed to the interior village of Navosa in Viti Levu, he assured the villagers of Government’s assistance to all those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“I want to seek your forgiveness for the delay in the supply of relief assistance to your village and I know that you also understand the extent of damage caused by Cyclone Winston in the whole country,” Mr Tuitubou said.

“Government is assisting all Fijians that have been affected and we have received an overwhelming support from the international community as aid is pouring into the country from all over the world.

“I hope that you will bear with us as we are currently in a State of Natural Disaster.”

Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau said the reason for the delay in relief supply distribution to the village was because of its remoteness and inaccessibility by road following TC Winston.

“In the wake of TC Winston this village was also one of the adversely affected and we had tried to bring food rations and relief supplies across to them but were unable to do so because the roads leading up to the village were damaged,” Mr Tagicakibau said.

“We also tried to airlift supplies by helicopter but unfortunately the village is yet to be geographically mapped so we had to wait until the roads were fixed and this is as close as we can get to handover their supplies.”

Two weeks worth of food rations, tarpaulins and building and farming materials were taken to Saunokonoko as part of the Western Division’s relief and rehabilitation assistance.

 

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