Health Ministry officials and Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel began handing over basic food and medical items to evacuees in the Nadi area yesterday.
Deliveries of relief packs began at about 2pm yesterday. These were well received by evacuees.
Those sheltering at the Fiji Technical College, in Nadi, were thankful for Government’s swift response. Veniana Vuniwai, 46, said the gesture by the Health Ministry was something people never experienced before.
“Last week we were hit by the flood in the morning then in the afternoon help came,’’ Ms Vuniwai said.
“That is the same today (yesterday). It is something new for us to see. It the fastest assistance delivery we have ever witnessed.’’
Seinimili Dauvosalevu, 50, from Nawakalevu, is a mild stroke patient. Despite her physical condition, she managed to move hastily to the nearest evacuation centre.
“Considering my condition I cannot afford to be waiting around for the flood to come,’’ Ms Dauvosalevu said.
“Flood warnings were announced on the radio and it was at that moment I packed my things and came here.’’
She was one of the 303 evacuees staying at St Andrew’s Primary School evacuation centre.
“People should learn to act fast. If you know you are vulnerable, heed the warning … pack your things and move to safety straight away,” she said.
“It is better to act quickly rather than being too stubborn, which can put your life and those of your loved ones in danger.”
Edited George Kulamaiwasa.
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