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30-Day State of Natural Disaster For Cyclone Harold Affected Areas

The Government has declared Tropical Cyclone Harold as a State of Natural Disaster for areas affected by the storm.
14 Apr 2020 09:00
30-Day State of Natural Disaster For Cyclone Harold Affected Areas

The Government has declared Tropical Cyclone Harold as a State of Natural Disaster for areas affected by the storm.

In the Eastern Division, Kadavu and Southern Lau, in the Central Division: Tailevu North, Korovou, Nausori, Nakasi, Beqa and Yanuca and in the Western Division: District of Nadarivatu, Vatulele, the Mamanuca Group, the Yasawa Group, coastal communities in the Coral Coast and along the Sigatoka River in the Nadroga/ Navosa Province.

Minister for Infrastructure and National Disaster Jone Usamate said the state of natural disaster means that the permanent secretary and minister for infrastructure have the powers to use government resources for works needed in the affected areas to bring about normalcy.

Minister Jone Usamate

Minister for Infrastructure and National Disaster Jone Usamate. Photo: Jennis Naidu

This will be effective for the next 30 days.

Mr Usamate said civil servants including military, medical and agriculture staff would be travelling to Lau and Kadavu today.

“This to supply food rations and other immediate relief supplies,” he said.

Lau Deployment:

MV Ohana will carry officials, relief items and supplies to the Lower Southern Lau including Ono-I-Lau, Vatoa, Ogea, Fulaga and Kabara.

MV Spirit of Love will cover Yasayasa Moala including Matuku, Totoya and Moala Island.

MV Spirit of Harmony covers South of Kadavu distributing supplies, food rations and officials who will conduct detailed damage assessment.

MV Altruism will cover the East of Kadavu carrying relief supplies, food rations and officials.

The above four vessels arrive at their destinations today.

Mr Usamate said Government vessel – Vatulawa which was berthed in Lautoka will carry cargo to Yasawa and Mamanuca Group while the MV Seabus would carry officials who will conduct detailed damage assessment.

MV Sigavou will cover Vatulele/Beqa and Yanuca. Food rations, relief supplies and officials.

The officers who are part of this deployment including members of the Fiji Military Forces, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, iTaukei Affairs, Water Authority, Telecom Fiji Limited, Agriculture, Ministry of Education, Red Cross, Mineral Resources Department, Empower Pacific, Forestry and the NDMO.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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