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Just in time: Food rations for Yacata

Villagers in the island of Yacata have commended the timely distribution of food rations. A relieved Letila Vulakoro of Yacata Island said she was thankful supplies arrived as it prevented a severe food shortage. The mother of 3, whose beachfront house was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston’s winds and swallowed by storm surges, says the food […]

Staff Writers

March 2, 2016 9:37 am

Villagers in the island of Yacata have commended the timely distribution of food rations.

Letila Vulakoro (left) and Mrs Wilson (right) pictured with some food rations given by government. The devastation of Yacata is evident behind them.
Letila Vulakoro (left) and Mrs Wilson (right) pictured with some food rations given by the government. The devastation of Yacata is evident behind them.

A relieved Letila Vulakoro of Yacata Island said she was thankful supplies arrived as it prevented a severe food shortage.

The mother of 3, whose beachfront house was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston’s winds and swallowed by storm surges, says the food rations delivered by Government arrived at a critical time for the villagers of Yacata.

Like many of the severely affected areas, Yacata’s 44 households now have to share the few houses that remain and suffer the widespread destruction of their farmlands.

Vulakoro said that due to the severe damages to root crops and vegetables, a food crisis seemed imminent.

After the cyclone, we relied on food from a shop owned by a cooperative

Those who own the cooperative were kind and decided together to share the supplies for the whole village which lasted a week.

Just as the food supply was running out, Government’s assistance arrived to our shores

Vulakoro acknowledged the quick response from the government.

We would like thank the Government for the timely response; we now have food items and water to drink. We will also work with Government in rebuilding our lives and livelihood and that of our children

The ration delivered would last the people of Yacata for about a month.

Meanwhile, food rations distributed included canned beef, canned fish, flour, rice, dhal, sugar, cooking oil, powdered milk, and mineral water.

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