The Government of India presented its first response assistance to Fiji through a consignment of six tonnes of relief items provided by the Government of India to assist Fiji’s efforts towards rebuilding and rehabilitation, aftermath of TC Yasa.

  The assistance was officially handed over today by the Acting High Commissioner for the Indian High Commission in Fiji, Sukanta Charan Sahoo to the Minister for Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu.

Seruiratu conveyed the Fijian Government’s appreciation to the Government of India for its assistance which, will be delivered to families affected in northern and eastern division.   

While providing a brief update on the progress of the rehabilitation work, Minister Seruiratu said that current key areas of focus are restoration of essential services and delivery of assistance to communities to rebuild their lives.  

In expressing appreciation for all the support given to Fiji, Minister Seruiratu acknowledged that working in solidarity with all the development partners and donor agencies is important in cohesively working together to building back better.

Acting High Commissioner, Sahoo said the assistance highlights India’s commitment to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) support as a first responder.  

“Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the relief supplies were put together in a short span of time by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) of India and were airlifted to Fiji with the help of Air India and Fiji Airways via Sydney, Australia. “

India remains committed to extend full support to Fiji’s efforts to restore livelihoods of the affected communities and to build resilient infrastructure,” Sahoo said.  

In reaffirming India’s continued support to Fiji, he adds that India is open to extend further assistance as the Initial Damage Assessment and needs of affected communities are identified.

SOURCE: Department of Information

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