Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama continued his tour of Vanua Levu yesterday and witnessed first-hand the progress of rehabilitation works carried out by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the RFMF personnel, Government officials and other relevant agencies following the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Yasa.
Upon arrival, the Prime Minister was briefed on the rehabilitation progress and the assessment needs of those affected by TC Yasa. He later visited the severely-affected areas and was updated on rehabilitation works on Bua District School, Coboi Sanatan Primary School, Lekutu Secondary School, Muanidevo Sanatan Dharam Primary School and also visited Maramarua District School in Dreketi.
The Prime Minister also visited the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Water Desalination Plant Site at the Bekana Jetty.
Whilst commending the efforts of the ADF, Prime Minister Bainimarama said Fiji cannot thank our “Australian vuvale” enough for the tremendous assistance rendered to the people of Fiji during this trying time.
“The ADF has been hard at work, rebuilding schools and assisting with relief supplies and other rehabilitation works and we are very grateful for Australia’s great assistance,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
“We also thank our RFMF personnel for working with ADF in rebuilding affected schools in Vanua Levu and also those members of the community who have come forward to offer their assistance in this rehab process.
“Schools will reopen next week and we still need to build strong classrooms and quarters for teachers. We will be looking into this in the coming weeks.
“On the same note, we thank organisations and groups that have extended a helping hand to assist affected communities here in Vanua Levu.”
In the meantime, affected schools have been provided with temporary tents by UNICEF Pacific to assist students and teachers during their time of recovery.
Prime Minister Bainimarama also commended the services provided by the Women Friendly Spaces (WFS) based at the Lekutu Health Centre provided by the Ministry of Health and Medical services and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation supported by Australian Govt Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and UNFPA Pacific. The creation of such safe spaces is specifically aimed at supporting women’s health and wellbeing in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Yasa which is inclusive of Dignity Kits and Reproductive Health Kits.
Meanwhile, the Australian Defence Force will continue their work in Fiji; assisting the Fijian Government’s efforts in building back better post TC Yasa.