#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Troops deployed to help worst hit areas

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Troops deployed to help worst hit areas

The Fiji Village is reporting that Fiji's National Disaster Management Council has agreed to the deployment of troops to the northern and eastern areas, declared natural disaster areas this morning in the wake of damage caused by Cyclone Tomas.

DISMAC's operations officer Anthony Blake has been quoted as sying:“The Prime Minister has directed all government ministries to prepare support for relief. The immediate needs right now for the affected areas are food rations. Some have been in evacuation centres since Saturday. Even if they brought they own food, it would have finished by now.

“We will need to clear up land passages and aerial assessments are to begin soon. Navy personnel will also be deployed.”

DISMAC expects an initial assessment to be carried out as early as tomorrow morning as the cyclone has passed the northern division and is now moving towards southern Lau.

The interim permanent secretary for information, Neumi Leweni, said yesterday that about one hundred were on standby in Vanua Levu, where the damage was rost.

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