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Fiji: Relieving the impact of flooding

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The Fiji Red Cross Society has worked tirelessly this past fortnight to relieve the immediate impact of flooding on 260 families in the Northern and Western Divisions.

Relief efforts have seen the distribution of Black Packs to families in Namara and Naodamu in Labasa on 6 February, Vatukuca, Vaturomule and Domokavu in Cakaudrove on February 10 and in the Western Division, families in Namotomoto, Narewa, Navoci, Nakavu, Nawaka, Navokai and Dratabu were also assisted on 16 February.

Black Packs contain items of clothing, blankets, water collection containers, toiletries, insect repellents and a mini first aid kit amongst other things. Each black pack caters for a family of six (two adults and four children).

To maintain a level of readiness in the North, an additional 200 Black Packs have been sent over as standby.

The heavy rainfall this past weekend in parts of the Southern and Eastern Divisions is also being monitored. No relief packs have been distributed at this time in these two areas.

"We continue to monitor the situation around the country closely with the respective divisional commissioners and the National Emergency Operations Centre," says FRCS's Disaster Manager Vuli Gauna.

The Fiji Red Cross is grateful to AusAID through the Australian Red Cross and NZAID through the New Zealand Red Cross for their generous donations of FJD$58,000 and NZD helping replenish Fiji Red Cross Supplies as we wait out the remainder of the cyclone season.

The Fiji Red Cross also acknowledges the kind donation of 1,000 cartons of bottled water from Fiji Water. The water will be sent to 22 villages in Cakaudrove where 1,001 people will receive the relief supply.

For further information, Disaster Manager Vuli Gauna can be contacted on Ph: 3314 133 or Mobile: 9992481.