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PM urges urgent and coordinated response to those in need

February 22, 2016 3:49 am

The Prime Minister has stressed the importance of a prompt response by all sections of government to the needs of Fijians across the country who are struggling with the impact of Cyclone Winston.

Voreqe Bainimarama has directed disaster officials, the RFMF and police, ministries and other government institutions to immediately deploy resources and personnel to affected areas across the country.

Bainimarama says the need for a coordinated response to the relief effort by the RFMF and humanitarian agencies to avoid duplication and prevent any wastage of available resources.

He says the Government is especially keen to get relief supplies to people living in rural and maritime communities.

Teams have been deployed to Koro today to assess the extent of the damage and provide medical services, food supply, and temporary shelter and restore utility services and telecommunications.

Medical teams have also been mobilized to evacuation centers to provide health services for areas where medical services are inaccessible.

The Ministry for Health is also working with humanitarian organizations to deliver medical equipment and services.

In the interest of getting students back to school next week, the Prime Minister has also requested that education officials explore alternative options for Fijians using schools as evacuation centres.

Many schools require substantial clean up and repairs ahead of their scheduled re-openings next Monday.

The Prime Minister also emphasized that while the curfew has been lifted, people should remain cautious and limit their movement as much as possible.