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UN Secretary General posts’ message of solidarity for victims of Tropical Cyclone Yasa
02:43 am GMT+12, 22/12/2020, Fiji

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has posted a message of solidarity for victims of Tropical Cyclone Yasa on his Twitter handle.
 
“I’ve been following developments in Fiji in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasa,” he wrote.
 
“Thinking of all the people I met there last year. I want to express my solidarity with all who have been affected.
 
He stated UN colleagues are supporting response and recovery efforts on the ground.
 
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in response thank Guterez for the UN support.
 
“Vinaka Antonio Guterres for the support of the UN as Fijians reckon with the devastation of Yasa, and for your relentless advocacy alongside Fiji and other climate-vulnerable nations to rally the world to the cause of climate action,” said PM Bainimarama on twitter.

Meanwhile, a total of 57 communities have received non-food item supplies from the Fiji Red Cross Society.
 
These communities include; 43 from the North, 10 in the West and four in the East.
 
The non-food items consist of tarpaulins, tents, Jerry Cans, shelter toolkits, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, solar lights, hygiene kits, baby kits, dignity kits and blankets.
 
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) estimated that 93,000 people (21,000 households) were affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.
 
Apart from assisting 57 communities, the Fiji Red Cross Society with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have also established a “Restoring Family Links” hotline. The service connects family members with each other through a satellite phone after telecommunication services crashed during to TC Yasa. A total of 107 calls were received through the hotline, in which 95 cases have been assisted.
 
Fiji Red Cross Society’s TC Yasa response is set to continue for the upcoming weeks.

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS

 


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