Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Aussie C-130 carrying tonnes of emergency supplies
On top of the 960 tarpaulins and 20 family tents, the supplies include just over two-thousand 10-litre water containers and 680,000 water purification tablets.
The supplies will be offloaded at Nausori Airport and transported to the Government Stores in Walu Bay, before being shipped to islands in the Eastern Division.
The C-130 aircraft will also be used tomorrow for aerial surveillance missions over the Lomaiviti and Lau group of islands, carrying representatives from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NDMO), the Commissioner Eastern’s office, the Fiji Red Cross and representatives of the United Nations, and the Australian and New Zealand high commissions.
Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, announced earlier today that it will provide up to $1 million in initial emergency humanitarian assistance to help the people of Fiji recover from the devastation and destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Tomas.
This will include funding to the NDMO to enable it to charter transport such as helicopters and boats to deliver much needed relief supplies to remote communities.
The Fiji Red Cross will receive funding to distribute emergency supplies already in storage in Fiji and enable the local purchase of other essential supplies.