FIJI’S TAVEUNI ISLE RUNNING LOW ON FOOD

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FIJI’S TAVEUNI ISLE RUNNING LOW ON FOOD Hundreds still dislocated after devastating cyclone

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, March 30, 2010) – Residents of an island in northern Fiji say they will run out of food in less than two weeks if government aid does not reach them.

When Cyclone Tomas hit two weeks ago, the Fijian government promised food aid would be sent to outlying areas as quickly as possible.

But on Taveuni Island, residents say hundreds of people are still without food, clothing and tents.

Resident Melanie Rengu told Radio New Zealand they need help quickly.

"We need food and clothing and tents and things like that. It won't be for long - about two weeks' time - we'll run out of food."

An official report says more than 500 homes were destroyed by the cyclone. with a damage bill of US$18 million.

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