TC Winston

Taveuni, Labasa and Koro to get relief supplies today

People in areas badly affected by tropical cyclone Winston can expect the provision of basic needs, temporary shelters, food and water from relief teams starting today. Note: The National Emergency Operation Centre is advising the people of Taveuni, Labasa and Koro to expect helicopters today and to refrain from approaching landing helicopters for safety reasons. […]

Peni Shute

February 26, 2016 9:40 am

People in areas badly affected by tropical cyclone Winston can expect the provision of basic needs, temporary shelters, food and water from relief teams starting today.

Note: The National Emergency Operation Centre is advising the people of Taveuni, Labasa and Koro to expect helicopters today and to refrain from approaching landing helicopters for safety reasons.

The Minister for National Disaster Management, Hon. Colonel Inia Seruiratu told a press conference yesterday that they have identified and mobilised the arms of government.

We have started mobilising the various arms of government and together with the assets that we have to get into the stricken areas and of course with the priorities that I have already out stated, again our priority area remains in the Eastern Division, Koro, Vanua Balavu, Ovalau, Batiki, Nairai and parts of Gau as well and of course the smaller islands within Lomaiviti as well of course in the Northern Division, Vanua Levu particularly the coast along Kubulau, Wainunu, Viwa, and southern Taveuni.

Minister for National Disaster Management Office, Hon. Inia Seruiratu. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Minister for National Disaster Management Office, Hon. Inia Seruiratu.  Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

We have continued to concentrate on the needs of the people particularly roads, on roads most of the main supply routes and the main roads on both the main islands are accessible and in some places we have limited accessibility, but particularly in the interior of Viti Levu, some of the rural roads are still yet to reopen, but in terms of distribution of rations into those areas we are considering the use helicopters when we start with the distribution when the need does come.

Colonel Seruiratu said for the Central Division beginning from Qoma Island, Dawasamu, the interior of Tailevu, Wainibuka and into the Ra border, the coastal regions of Ra into the Rakiraki area, Ba Town, Lautoka into parts of Yasawa have been identified as priority sectors.

Our essential tasks remains, one is the provision of the basic needs to all Fijians and our focus right now is to concentrate on temporary shelter, food, water and of course other provisions particularly with medical supplies and other necessities. Secondly, is the restoration of essential services, we have continued to have planning meetings with the key stakeholders particularly FEA, Water Authority, FRA regarding roads, and of course health and education and TFL for communications as well.

The Minister said the focus is to restore electricity in the country.

The focus is the restoration of power, particularly the tower that is down in Monasavu area and of course, the restoration of power particularly to the major industries and of course, we are considerate of needs in the various towns and municipalities.

The distribution of rations continues in all the four divisions in Fiji.

Road assessable is from Mudu to Gasau and Gasau to Nabuna, that has been reopened. Koro Airstrip is now good for aircrafts to land and the Kiro also conducted a survey in the Western Division and at the same time doing distribution of rations for the Western Division.

Colonel Seruiratu said most of the communications particularly, Digicel and Vodafone have been restored. He said TFL is working on their infrastructure and hopefully Taveuni and Koro should be serviceable and operational immediately.

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