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Govt Plans One Year After TC Winston Event

An event themed ‘Live to Tell a Resilient Fiji’ will be held at Albert Park in Suva next week to commemorate the one year anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston. National
15 Feb 2017 10:13

An event themed ‘Live to Tell a Resilient Fiji’ will be held at Albert Park in Suva next week to commemorate the one year anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

National Disaster Management Office director, Akapusi Tuifagalele said TC Winston was one of the biggest natural disasters that happened in Fiji.

Mr Tuifagalele said a plaque would be unveiled at the event to commemorate the 44 lives that were lost during the natural disaster.

The cyclone left a bill of $1.9billion, according to Mr Tuifagalele.

He said Government decided to have the commemoration as a one year anniversary of TC Winston which would be held on February 20, next Monday.

He added it would showcase to the world the resilience of the Fijian people, and not the pain they endured during the cyclone.

“It will also show that we have risen from the challenges and difficulties of TC Winston, projecting to the resilience where we the Government take the lead and the communities follow in terms of recovery,” Mr Tuifagalele said.

He said Government had adopted recovery initiatives like the Adopt the School programme and Help for Homes Initiative in communities to assist people.

The event is expected to be officiated by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.

Government officials, diplomats and survivors of TC Winston are expected to be part of the grand event.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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