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State of natural disaster extended for another 30 days

Cabinet in the recommendation of the National Emergency Committee has agreed to extend the ‘State of Natural Disaster’ for an additional 30 days nationwide, effective from tomorrow the 21st of March 2016. This has been confirmed by the Permanent Secretary for the  Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Office, Mr. Meleti […]

Peni Shute

March 20, 2016 2:06 pm

Cabinet in the recommendation of the National Emergency Committee has agreed to extend the ‘State of Natural Disaster’ for an additional 30 days nationwide, effective from tomorrow the 21st of March 2016.

This has been confirmed by the Permanent Secretary for the  Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Office, Mr. Meleti Bainimarama at a press conference this afternoon.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management, Mr Meleti Bainimarama during a press conference this afternoon. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire).
The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management, Mr Meleti Bainimarama during a press conference this afternoon. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire).

This decision will allow officials to continue to provide relief and rehabilitation support in affected areas. This includes areas where basic services and facilities are limited including water, housing, electricity, etc.

Mr. Bainimarama said that the extension will allow the continuous deployment of state resources and personnel for relief operations.

In light of this, all government or state personnel deployed during this period should have adequate rest. Divisional Commissioners will ensure that this will not affect the operations and disrupt services.

Mr. Bainimarama said the extension period will also allow health authorities to make provisions against any possible disease outbreaks, especially in severely affected areas. It would also allow disaster officials to fully utilize available foreign services and expertise in relief and recovery support.

This extension allows disaster officials to coordinate closely with discipline forces to ensure the peace and security of all Fijians.

This extension to the state of natural disaster will be in effect till the 19th of April 2016.

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