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Caritas Australia pledges assistance for Fiji

Caritas Australia will provide funds to help people devastated by last week's floods in Fiji.

Yesterday Fiji was hit by a downpour of torrential rain only one week after flooding which left 10 people drowned and a further 11 people missing.

Late yesterday, landslides and flooding had cut off several towns, including the capital city Suva, hospitals had been evacuated and the army and navy had been called in to help evacuate hundreds of people from their homes in and around the capital.

At least 100 villagers are isolated without supplies by the flood waters. The army and navy has evacuated the townspeople of Navua and distributed food in Korovou and affected areas in Tailevu.

Caritas Australia National Director Jack de Groot said the organisation is accepting donations to help the people of Fiji in their reconstruction and rehabilitation work.

"Caritas Australia will work closely with its Fijian partner, CEPAC in responding to the needs of families left vulnerable because of the floods," he said. "Anyone who would like to offer financial assistance should ring our donation hotline 1800 024 413."

Caritas Australia has in the last year supported emergency disaster preparedness training with its Pacific partners, including Fiji.

Schools have been closed and some have now been seconded to house flood victims.

More heavy rain is predicted today and on Saturday, prompting fears that major rivers will burst their banks, threatening hundreds of thousands more people and their crops and causing further landslides.

Caritas Australia will assist Fiji (Caritas Australia 16/4/04)

Several killed, missing in Fiji floods (SBS 15/4/04)
Caritas Australia | Pacific

16 Apr 2004