Fiji: North gets relief supplies

Relief supplies have been transferred to Labasa, says Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Commenting on the latest relief supply situation in the Cyclone Ami affected areas, Mr. Qarase said a government boat is already in Labasa with medical and food supplies.

"Water is being supplied through a Tug and Barge that left Suva on Friday (January 17), and more water tugs have been dispatched to Malau to assist in the water distribution in Labasa."

Mr. Qarase said water cartage to Labasa by boat will continue for a while until water supply in the Northern town normalizes.

The Prime Minister said survey teams in Savusavu are already penetrating the affected areas.

"Smaller boats are already surveying Cakaudrove-I-vanua districts within the Natewa peninsula and including Rabi and Kioa. Teams are also assessing damages in Taveuni and outer islands."

Mr. Qarase said infrastructure reconstruction in Vanua Levu especially the linkage between Labasa and Savusavu is prioritized and work is continuing to bring it to normality.

He said other rehabilitation activities are underway in the Northern Division.

Mr. Qarase said power has been restored in Labasa and Savusavu, and focus is now on restoring full power in Seaqaqa.

On the Eastern Division, Mr. Qarase said three Navy vessels are already carrying out survey assessment within the Lomaiviti group.