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PM: Relief efforts coordinated, spreading out across the country

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said government’s relief effort were in full swing. He said the efforts were spreading out all over the country, identifying areas of need and doing everything to provide people with relief supplies and assistance as soon as possible. Bainimarama said Fiji’s response is coordinated and involves in disaster management officials, the […]

Peni Shute

February 23, 2016 6:53 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said government’s relief effort were in full swing. He said the efforts were spreading out all over the country, identifying areas of need and doing everything to provide people with relief supplies and assistance as soon as possible.

Bainimarama said Fiji’s response is coordinated and involves in disaster management officials, the RFMF and the police. He said the recovery process would take time.

Almost no part of our nation has been left unscarred. And many of our rural and maritime areas bore the brunt of Winston’s fury. But we are working around the clock to address the needs of our people and whoever you are in Fiji, wherever you are in Fiji, we are doing our best to reach you.

We realise the desperate position that you are in. We realise how traumatic this is for you and your families. And we ask for your patience and understanding. But as Prime Minister, I also want you to know that we will not rest until we have reached you and given you the helping hand you so badly need and deserve.

Bainimarama said the repairs to schools around the country were underway. He believes it is important to get students back to school as soon as possible.

Medical teams and assessment teams have been deployed throughout our islands to provide emergency health services, identify further needs and begin responding – including in our affected maritime areas. We also have also been distributing food rations wherever Fijians have demonstrated an urgent need for assistance.

Bainimarama said in the coming days; he will make an announcement regarding a particular package to assist those who have lost their homes or whose homes have been damaged and need repairs.

Many of our other sectors still require substantial assessment before we can implement appropriate responses. But right now, the priority is on restoring essential services, and supplying our people with sufficient food, water and shelter.

The head of government said Fijians need to stand together to rebuild Fiji.

My fellow Fijians, I promised you this would be a time of action. It has been and it will be. It is time for Fiji to fight back, a time to stand together as one people and rebuild our beloved country. Over the coming weeks, our resolve and tenacity will be sorely tested. But it is a challenge the Fijian people are more than capable of meeting.

The Prime Minister said people need to assist each other and follow his government’s instructions.

I urge you all to do all you can to assist your fellow Fijians, follow Government’s instructions and put the needs of the less fortunate first during this recovery process. We have suffered a terrible blow and our hearts go out especially to those who have lost family members. But the Fijian spirit is alive and well and together, we will rebuild our great nation.

Bainimarama also paid tribute to friends in the region and around the world, and our local businesses and ordinary Fijians, who are rallying on government’s assistance.

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