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Australian Defence Force Finishes First Part Cyclone Recovery Mission

  The Australian Defence Force has completed work on Koro and Taveuni. This was confirmed yesterday by the director the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Akapusi Tuifagalele. Australian Defence Force,
24 Mar 2016 10:00
Australian Defence Force Finishes First Part Cyclone Recovery Mission
The Australian and Fijian army enjoying some down time together on Koro Island after weeks of repairing schools, clinics and restoring infrastructure on Koro Island after destruction by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Photo: Australian Department of Defence

 

The Australian Defence Force has completed work on Koro and Taveuni.

This was confirmed yesterday by the director the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Akapusi Tuifagalele.

Australian Defence Force, he said, had handed over all it had done to Government last Saturday.

He said their mission was to carry out repair works to schools, and offer help to the villagers.

Mr Tuifagalele said we still needed Australia in its rebuilding programme and that would be dealt with on a Government-to-Government level.

Australia used the HMAS Canberra to deploy its troops and heavy equipment to help in their work in Koro and Taveuni.

A spokesperson from the Australian High Commission outlined the work on the two islands the Australian Defence Force personnel were engaged in.

 

Koro

On Koro Island, they repaired all the six primary schools and a high school.

“Schools on the island have reopened on March 14,” the spokesperson said.

Repairs, he said, were made to classrooms, toilets were fixed, water connections restored and electricity wiring fixed.

They completed a total of 52 engineering tasks on the island.

This included the provision of power to four villages, water facilities to 700 people, construction of a large number of temporary shelters, repairs to plumbing and drainage, and assessing and repairing two medical centres.

The Australian Defence Force also assisted with debris clearance which enabled the Republic of Military Forces (RFMF) to establish temporary shelters using reclaimed timber, roofing iron and tarps.

The Australian Defence Force also delivered essential humanitarian supplies to Koro Island which had been provided by the Australian Government over the last few weeks.

This included:

l               1156 Tarps,

l               910 Hygiene Packs,

l               650 Shelter Kits,

l               27,227 Food Packs,

l               1350 sleeping mats,

l               432 bed nets,

l               216 kitchen kits,

l               64,000 aqua tabs (for water purification),

l               440 Oxfam buckets, and

l               312 tents.

A large amount of building supplies and reparation materials were also delivered to aid in the reconstruction process.

This included:

l               500 Sheets Corrugated Iron Roofing,

l               over 1400 linear metres of Structural Timber and

l               250 sheets of Plywood/Fibro Sheeting.

A mobile storage unit was also constructed in partnership with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces on Koro Island in Nasau.  This will help ensure that supplies and stores are kept safe from the weather while the recovery process continues.

Water has also been a priority focus and in addition to water purification tablets, the Australian Defence Force also delivered four pallets of bottled water and six pallets of water treatment chemicals to the Island.

It also delivered 30,000 litres of fresh water.

 

Taveuni

Following an initial rapid assessment by Australian Defence Force personnel in Taveuni, and in consultation with the NDMO, it was determined that the most pressing need on the Island was the provision of building supplies.

The supplies were needed to be able to undertake urgent repairs on six schools on the island.

Building supplies were procured from Suva, loaded onto the HMAS Canberra and over two days, were airlifted and gifted to the heads of each of the schools.

The building supplies delivered included:

l               400 Sheets Corrugated Iron Roofing,

l               over 4000 linear metres of Structural Timber,

l               267 sheets of Plywood/Fibro,

l               6 x 5000L Water Tanks.

l               The Australian Defence Force also facilitated the delivery 50 ShelterBox family tents from Suva to Taveuni by air.

 

HMAS Canberra

HMAS Canberra has mostly been based near Koro providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

This included the delivery of critical humanitarian supplies such as fresh water, hygiene packs and temporary shelter kits.

Up to 200 Australian Defence Force personnel were based on Koro Island, and were supported by approximately 490 personnel located on HMAS Canberra.

The total weight moved by the Australian Defence Force since it assumed operations was 200,826kg.

The HMAS Canberra currently is located near Suva Harbour to co-ordinate future efforts with the National Disaster Management Office.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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