The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Hon. Inia Seruiratu received twelve solar portable generators from the Government of Israel to help assist victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston.
While receiving the generators, Minister Seruiratu on behalf of the Fijian Government acknowledged the work carried out by the Israel Government to victims of Cyclone Winston especially for the reconstruction of Vuma village in Ovalau.
Minister Seruiratu said the work together with the donation strengthens the bilateral relations between the two countries that was established years ago.
“We look forward to the continued cooperation not only in disaster response but in agriculture as well,” he said.
Minister Seruiratu highlighted some of the lessons learnt by the country after Cyclone Winston and explained that the Fijian Government looks forward to Israel’s experience so that the Fiji NDMO can continue to excel in building resilience for the people.
The Government of Israel Pacific Island Adviser, Yaron Sultan-Dadon said the donation reflects the partnership between the two countries and that the solar kits would allow a family to live normally even if there is no electricity around.
"Normal" today is not just food, it’s also about communication with the world. The solar kits would allow a family in an event of a natural disaster like cyclone to ask for help and to remain informed. It allows a family using it to live with dignity,” Mr Sultan-Dadon said.
The solar kits will be distributed to the four Divisional Commissioners who will then distribute it according to the needs of Winston affected communities and families.