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February 23, 2016 6:50 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the government’s relief effort is in full swing in the wake of a trail of destruction left by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Bainimarama has been receiving daily updates on damages around the country and has asked for those affected not to lose faith.

There are also numerous financial aid packages being worked on, for those worst affected.

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“The destruction caused by this cyclone has also put many Fijians in a tight spot financially. So the Ministry of Finance has met with the banking industry to develop assistance packages. Banks have given assurances that existing client’s loans can be restructured in light of these events. In addition, the Association of Banks in Fiji this Friday will release a new product that will allow Fijians to take out unsecured loans to repair their homes at interest rates below 5% over a five year term.”

The Fiji National Provident Fund is making $1,000 available to its members for immediate disaster relief an additional $5,000 will be given for home repairs.

The Prime Minister, in the coming days, will also make an announcement regarding a specific package to assist those who have lost their homes or whose homes have been damaged and need repairs.

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