TONGA, VANUATU HELPED BY FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 18, 2002 - FM96/PINA Nius Online)---Tonga and Vanuatu will soon receive financial help from Fiji to alleviate the suffering resulting from Tonga’s recent cyclone and Vanuatu’s earthquakes.

The Fiji Government will provide F$ 30,000 (US$ 13,160) to Tonga, in addition to food and in-kind aid, to assist those in the kingdom's northern islands affected by Tropical Cyclone Waka.

Vanuatu will be given F$ 20,000 (US$ 8,773) to assist victims of the earthquakes which hit the capital, Port Vila, and the island of Éfaté.

Fiji’s assistance to Tonga and Vanuatu is in addition to that provided by Australia, New Zealand, the United States and other countries.

Meanwhile, Vanuatu is reported to be seeking the help of demolition experts because a number of damaged buildings need to be torn down and rebuilt.

For additional reports from theFM96, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Fiji Village News (FM96/Navtarang.VitiFM).

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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