TC Winston

AG distributes relief packs in Ba, Tavua

Residents severely affected by tropical cyclone Winston in the north-west of Viti Levu have received needed relief supplies during a three-day tour of the region by the Attorney-General, Hon Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. CJ Patel donated 5000 food packs valued at $232,000 and Punja and Sons another 5000 valued at $129,000 to assist the relief effort. R.C […]

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February 29, 2016 9:28 am

Residents severely affected by tropical cyclone Winston in the north-west of Viti Levu have received needed relief supplies during a three-day tour of the region by the Attorney-General, Hon Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

CJ Patel donated 5000 food packs valued at $232,000 and Punja and Sons another 5000 valued at $129,000 to assist the relief effort. R.C Manubhai has donated kitchen utensils to the value of $15,000 and mattresses and roofing supplies worth another $20,000.

The AG along with the Minister Rosy Akbar and the Minister Parveen Kumar distributed a large portion of the donated food packs from CJ Patel and Punja & Sons.

The AG’s tour took in cyclone-ravaged areas of Raviravi, Karavi and Yalalevu, (Ba) on Friday, Korobuya, Nabutini, Busabusa and Veisaru (Ba) and Korovou (Tavua) on Saturday, and Nadhari, and Navia (Ba) on Sunday.

It was the first time many of those affected by Cyclone Winston had received any form of assistance. The residents expressed their gratitude to the AG and the two other Minsters.

Teja Singh, who is a 71-year-old farmer in the Raviravi area of Ba, said he had lost everything in the cyclone and was very grateful to have finally received some assistance.

No-one has visited us until now and I am very happy to see you (he told the AG)

I have lived here all my life but have nothing left.  All my possessions are gone and my sugar cane has been damaged. We desperately need help so thank you for coming with this food

Vijayanti Mala also warmly thanked the AG for the assistance he had brought and said it meant a great deal to her and her family.

Our roof blew away and nothing much is left. We all desperately need help. My son is getting married soon but my kitchen has been damaged. How am I going to prepare for the wedding?

The AG warmly thanked all three companies for their contribution to alleviating the plight of cyclone victims.

Fijian companies are responding magnificently to our call for assistance and I want to pay tribute to CJ Patel,Punja and Sons, R.C Manubhai and all those other companies who are being exemplary corporate citizens by supporting their fellow Fijians in this crisis

Over 100 households in Nadhari community was badly affected by TC Winston with many of them losing their homes and are currently taking refuge at other farmers residence. The community is close to 15 kilometres from Ba town towards Tavua

The AG said all Fijians must stay united as the relief effort continues and to help each other through the challenge of the coming weeks and months.

It is critical that we all come together as a nation at this time. It is the only way we are going to put this tragedy behind us quickly.

Many of the people we were able to help are Fijians who had fallen through the cracks of the relief effort so far.

We cannot leave anyone behind. So I appeal to everyone to highlight areas of acute need so that the Government can step in and provide prompt assistance

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