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MLC Vatulawa Takes Much Needed Fuel To Rotuma

The Commissioner Eastern Inoke Tuiwainunu was briefed by the district officer (DO) Rotuma Etika Taukave on what was happening on the island.
14 Feb 2020 15:48
MLC Vatulawa Takes Much Needed Fuel To Rotuma
The MLC Vatulawa at the Government jetty at Walu Bay before leaving for Rotuma yesterday. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The Government barge, Motor Landing Craft (MLC) Vatulawa, left Suva for Rotuma yesterday.

She was taking the much-needed fuel for the island, a water pump and other materials needed to get services back to normal.

The Commissioner Eastern Inoke Tuiwainunu was briefed by the district officer (DO) Rotuma Etika Taukave on what was happening on the island.

He was told that the schools on the island  were closed for two days because of the water problem on the island.

Mr Tuiwainunu said a water pump at Malahaha Village had burst and the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) was rectifying the problem.

He said the WAF was sending a new pump on board the MLC Vatulawa to replace the damaged one.

“The WAF confirmed yesterday that water was back to normal on the island and the schools had reopened,” he said.

“Fuel supply on the island is very low and Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) is sharing its fuel with WAF.

“All fuel used by WAF will be replaced when the MLC Vatulawa arrives.”

Mr Tuiwainunu said all services in Rotuma should return to normal by this weekend.

He said work on the Rotuma Jetty had been completed and a company barge was on its way to Rotuma to bring other materials to the island.

The Rotuma district officer, Etika Taukave, when contacted yesterday said he had briefed the Acting Commissioner Eastern on the situation in Rotuma.

Mr Taukave said all services would be back to normal when the fuel would arrive from Suva.

He expects the MLC Vatulawa to reach Rotuma this afternoon.

Edited by Percy Kean

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