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Aust, RFMF Work Together In Ra

  The Australian Defence Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Force will continue to work hand in hand to improve infrastructure in the province of Ra. Australian Army 2nd
31 Mar 2016 12:41
Aust, RFMF Work Together In Ra
Australian Army Soldier Lance Corporal Matthew Pfingst (left), and Republic of Fiji Military Forces Soldier Sapper Saula Coliwau, assesses the damage to Saint Francis Xavier College in Rakiraki caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Photo: Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

 

The Australian Defence Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Force will continue to work hand in hand to improve infrastructure in the province of Ra.

Australian Army 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) Troop Commander Lieutenant Amrinder Singh Ghuman said they would continue work in areas around Rakiraki in the coming weeks.

“Our engineers will be working closely with the RFMF conducting assessments and commencing construction on key infrastructure,” he said.

Lt Ghuman said there were currently 46 Australian Defence Force Engineer Support Force personnel working in North Viti Levu, including an assessment team, combat engineer troop and support staff such as medics.

“There are six RFMF engineers working with us today conducting the assessments,” Lt Ghuman said.

“An additional 26 will be arriving from Suva to lead the repair and light construction work that will take place over the next week.”

The RFMF/ADF engineer assessment team yesterday visited Ellington Primary School, St Francis Xavier College and Ra High School.

“Generally the schools we have seen have had significant roof damage due to the severe winds of the cyclone,” Lt Ghuman said.

“We’ve also seen damage to water supplies and sanitation which will require attention.”

He said the information gained from these assessments would be passed onto the NDMO.

Earlier this week the team visited Rakiraki Hospital, Rakiraki District School and Rakiraki Muslim School.

“Despite the damage, the children at the schools all wore smiles and were happy to see us and the RFMF as we went about our work,” Lt Ghuman said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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