FIJI MPS VISIT RABI ISLAND LANDSLIDE FAMILIES

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 26, 2002 - Fiji Times/PINA Nius Online)---A Fiji government delegation will visit the families of six people who died in a landslide on Rabi Island.

[SEE: Rabi Villagers Dig But Fail To Save Six In Landslide]

"We are expecting them just before lunch and they will be here to visit the two families who lost their relatives in the landslide,'' said Rabi Council secretary Molly Amon.

"After the visit the council is expected to call a meeting with the ministers to discuss the needs of the island.''

The government delegation is expected to include Health Minister Pita Nacuva and assistant Works Minister Simione Kaitani.

Mrs. Amon said islanders were eager to receive the delegation.

Rabi is the home of people from Banaba in Kiribati, who had to leave their own island because of the damage from phosphate mining.

The parents of the four children who died in the landslide are receiving medical attention at the Savusavu Hospital, she said.

"They have been informed of the ministers' trip and are expected to return in time for the visit,'' said Mrs. Amon.

The landslide claimed six lives: children Florisa, Tarai, Patrick and Felix; their aunt Wewe Tuogo and their neighbor Eneti Samuelu.

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