The management of two schools in the district of Nacula on Yasawa have thanked Government for coming to their aid as they continue to experience prolong dry weather.

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management, through the Office of the Commissioner Western Division has deployed two teams to cart water to affected communities in Vatulele, Yanuca, Yasawa, Mamanuca and Malolo.

Yesterday alone, the team onboard the MV Vunilagi distributed 97,860 liters of water to communities affected by prolong dry weather in Yasawa.

This included Ratu Meli Memorial Primary School, Yasawa North Secondary School, Nacula Police Post and nursing station.

Ratu Meli Memorial Primary School manager Mr. Isoa Drekelili said the water tank at the school had almost dried up when the water carting team arrived on the island.

“We are very thankful and happy that the Ministry’s team is here to bring us water, it will assist us a lot. The school has been faced with difficulties because water was running out quickly as a result of this dry spell,” Mr Drekelili said.

“I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the school committee, the Yavusa o Drola and everyone here to thank Government for thinking about us and the students here and coming out to deliver water to us today.”

The team distributed water to Yaqeta Primary School, Somosomo Primary School and the nursing station.

Meanwhile, the MV Vatulawa returned to Suva yesterday to refill water tanks before travelling to Vatulele to cart water to the four villages on the island. The team has completed carting water to villages on Yanuca, having distributed more than 100,000litres of water.

For the Northern Division, the Ministry, through the Office of the Commissioner Northern Division has also started carting water to some of affected areas on Vanua Levu last week.

Most of these were schools and a few villages upon requests directed to us or through the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) toll free number. Although the requests have been very minimal, the Northern Division Emergency Water Supply (EWS) taskforces have been activated to be on standby.

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