TC Winston

French military provides “Casa” planes to ease relief works

Two French Government Casa aeroplanes will be helping the National Disaster Management Office’s relief work in the remote areas badly affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Minister for National Disaster Mangement Colonel. Inia Seruiratu said the air support which came by way of New Caledonia from the French Government would deliver food and assistance to areas currently […]

Peni Shute

February 26, 2016 8:30 am

Two French Government Casa aeroplanes will be helping the National Disaster Management Office’s relief work in the remote areas badly affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Minister for National Disaster Mangement Colonel. Inia Seruiratu said the air support which came by way of New Caledonia from the French Government would deliver food and assistance to areas currently hard to reach.

We also received one of the aeroplanes from the French government in New Caledonia and one of the Casa planes are here with us, and today we have deployed the Casa Aircraft to Vanua Levu particularly to address the needs between Savusavu and Taveuni and there are future tasking for the same plane again in that area.

French Ambassador to Fiji, Michel Djokovic talking to a french army officer. Source: France in Fiji / Facebook.
French Ambassador to Fiji, Michel Djokovic talking to a french army officer.
Source: France in Fiji / Facebook.

Colonel Seruiratu said another plane had arrived yesterday and it would transport a water treatment plant to the people of Taveuni.

By today we will be also receiving the second plane, the Casa plane and of course the priority for that plane will be in the Northern Division as well and tomorrow the first task will be allocating that plane is to take a water treatment plant to assist in the water situation that the people in Taveuni are going through.

The French military aircraft arrived in Fiji for humanitarian support with 3 tonnes of aid from the French Red Cross. It was in Taveuni today for the first of many relief supply drop offs.

Colonel Seruiratu said this air support would increase the level of assistance to those that are in need of help.

In the next 24 hours we expect a significant increase in the tempo of the operations in as far as relief assistance is concerned. With the arrival of the machines from our partners, particularly the planes both rotary and fixed winged air craft’s we will do better from tomorrow and this will gradually pick up as from tomorrow.
Most importantly there will be allot of shuttering during the weekend and of course into next week, where most of the capabilities that we already have both on land, sea and air will be operational.
We will make the most of these capabilities to take relief assistance to the people in their respective areas.

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