Australia is sending Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to Cyclone-hit Fiji. She plans to meet the Australian volunteers helping the people in the affected area.
Australian government has pledged to donate $15 million as humanitarian assistance to Fiji.
Bishop will also meet the Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and other ministers including Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Minister for National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu.
“I will also meet with and thank the hundreds of Australians working alongside Fijians to deliver the Australian Government’s humanitarian response to Cyclone Winston.” The Foreign Minister told to Fiji Times.
“Australia’s assistance will reach up to 200,000 people with much-needed shelter kits, access to safe water and hygiene items for the worst-affected communities,’ she said to Sky News
“Australian medical teams have also treated over 1500 people in mobile health clinics, including specialist treatment for women affected by the cyclone.”
She said that Australia would work closely with Fijian authorities to make urgent repairs to schools, medical clinics and basic infrastructure.
The Australian government has sent 30 relief flights from Australia to Fiji, according to FBC.
“Australia’s largest Navy vessel, the HMAS Canberra, with approximately 60 tonnes of emergency relief supplies is also in Fiji”, the report further said.
Australian volunteers have treated around 1500 people in mobile health clinics which includes specialized treatment for women.
Ms Bishop emphasized that Australia was keen to support Fiji’s long-term recovery in full co-operation with the Government of Fiji.
Winston cyclone which is the strongest tropical cyclone made landfall in Fiji on February 20, making it one of the world’s worst disaster hit zone killing at least around 43 people and leaving ten thousand homeless, according to Reuters.
A woman from Koro Island is the latest victim to die of Tropical Cyclone Winston, bringing the death toll to 44, authorities in Fiji say, according to Radio NZ.