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PM Leaving To Tour Southern Lau, Kadavu

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will leave this afternoon on his week-long tour of Southern Lau and Kadavu inspecting the damages left behind by Tropical Cyclone Harold.
04 May 2020 10:16
PM Leaving To Tour Southern Lau, Kadavu
The Fiji National Disaster Management Office had sent an advance team with supplies for the week-long tour onboard the MV Vunilagi on May 3, 2020. Photo: Fiji National Disaster Management Office

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will leave this afternoon on his week-long tour of Southern Lau and Kadavu inspecting the damages left behind by Tropical Cyclone Harold.

His team will meet villagers from Lovoni, Nukuni, Matokana of Ono-i-Lau tomorrow at the Ono Levu District School, Doi Village School and the Nursing Station.

The Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) had sent a team in advance before Mr Bainimarama’s tour. The national State of Natural Disaster is still in effect.

Government stakeholders are also making this trip to allow for Fijians to access services directly.

Supplies to affected areas have also been loaded onboard the MV Vunilagi.

This tour would allow for Fijians to talk directly with Mr Bainimarama and voice their grievances on issues that affects them.

These two provinces were the places that were badly affected by the cyclone. Many had lost their homes, belongings and essential necessities. One life was lost in Kadavu as a result of TC Harold. Mr Bainimarama is expected to end his tour in Vunisea at the end of the week.

Schedule for Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s tour to the Southern Lau group and Kadavu.

Schedule for Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s tour to the Southern Lau group and Kadavu.

Last month, a Royal New Zealand Airforce P31 Orion was tasked to assist NDMO with an initial assessment of damages left by TC Harold.

The team conducted a flyover and covered the Southern Lau group, Moala, Matuku, Kadavu, Ono islands and the Southern Coast of Viti Levu.

According to the Prime Minister, Fiji’s agriculture sector took a massive hit from rain and floods brought on by TC Harold, resulting in $27 million in damages to the sector. He said the Fiji Roads Authority infrastructure also incurred damages to roads and jetties with $22 million-worth of damages.

Mr Bainimarama also said more than 500 homes were destroyed with many more suffering damage.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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