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Fiji: French navy supplies rations to Cicia and Vanuavatu

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Villagers in Cicia and Vanuavatu received their supply of food rations via the French Navy last Sunday (26/1/3) to last them another two weeks.
Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development, Savenaca Kaunisela today said that the naval ship La Moqueuse visited three villagers of Tarukua, Lomati and Natokalau in Cicia which were badly hit and dropped food supplies including standard rations to last them for an extra two weeks.

They also dropped the same rations in the second island of Vanuavatu, which are two islands in the Lau group that sustained the worst damages by Cyclone Ami.

Regional Disaster Response Adviser for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Charlie Higgins was part of the contingent that traveled to Lau.

Other officials included Commissioner Eastern, Misaele Naivalu, the Roko Tui Lau and French Ambassador Jean Vidon.

Other assistance supplied included chainsaws, water containers and cane knives.

Mr. Higgins said people in the affected areas were thankful that no lives had been lost and were grateful of the assistance that had been provided to them.