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Fiji Red Cross Distributes Relief Items In Vanua Levu

The Fiji Red Cross Society has begun distributing its first set of relief items in the Bua Province. These includes temporary shelter kits for families who had completely lost their
21 Dec 2020 11:34
Fiji Red Cross Distributes Relief Items In Vanua Levu
Fiji Red Cross operation centre in Suva coordinating assistantance for those affected by TC Yasa in Vanua Levu on December 19, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji Red Cross Society has begun distributing its first set of relief items in the Bua Province.

These includes temporary shelter kits for families who had completely lost their homes during Cyclone Yasa last Thursday.

Disaster coordinator, Maciu Nokelevu, said their team left on Saturday with additional non-food items which included tarpaulins, shelter toolkits, dry clothes and beddings.

“We have already started work supporting the Government in response to Cyclone Yasa,” Mr Nokelevu said.

“We have 16 branches around Fiji and in the Northern Division we have already started needs assessment and distribution in Bua, Labasa, Savusavu and Seaqaqa,” he said.

“Those are the main items we have cut across, pushed through to Bua Province and there will be other support to Seaqaqa, Labasa and Savusavu.

“The team right now are doing an aerial survey in the Lau group.”

He said close to 500 families have been assisted in the past four days.

“We have also sent a psycho-social first aid person. They are from the International Federation of Red Cross and a team from the Restoring Family Departments who are on the ground in Vanua Levu.

“This service is linking families through a satellite phone call.”

He has pleaded with members of the public to consider monetary donations if they were looking at assisting them.

“For Fiji Red Cross, our items are pre-packed and therefore we would not buy second hand clothes because we have a supplier supplying us with that.

“Therefore we are pleading with interested donors if they would consider monetary donation if they wish to assist us.”
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