No facilities to store bodies
February 23, 2016 6:20 pm
Families are being advised to, as soon as possible, bury or cremate bodies of those who have died as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau says there are no facilities to store bodies for a lengthy period.
“We are talking about bodies – the deceased – we cannot really bring them to the mortuary because there is no power – so their best option is to have them buried quickly and deal with all other protocols later.”
A number of families have already done this, knowing that there’s no other option at this stage.
As assessments continue in the Western Division, Tagicakibau says the Navy is also on standby in Nadi to assist with transportation of relief supplies to outer islands.
Airports and seaports in the division are also a priority because of the need to get supplies out and facilitate the entry of international aid.