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NDMO urges Fijians against travelling to affected areas

February 27, 2016 6:02 am

The National Disaster Management office is advising Fijians to not attempt to visit relatives that live in Cyclone ravaged areas.

NDMO Permanent Secretary, Meleti Bainimarama says until essential services such as roads and telecommunications are fully restored, additional traffic on roads and waterways are hindering the recovery efforts of disaster officials.

Bainimarama says in particular, for shipping services, cargo should only contain relief materials and essential personnel.

He says, while it was commendable that Fijians want to provide help, it will be more appropriate to direct all support through the NDMO.

Bainimarama says families need time to clean-up and disaster officials need time to meet urgent needs before it is appropriate to arrange visits.

Any Fijian that wants to volunteer, donate relief items or assist in any way is urged to contact the NDMO.