Australia Provides $4 Million For Fiji Flood Relief

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AusAid works with NGOs to support food security

By Ropate Valemei

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 24, 2012) - Australia has given a further AU$4 million [US$3.9 million; FJ$7.1 million] for flood-affected communities.

This is in addition to the initial AU$2 million [US$1.9 million; FJ$3.5 million] announced by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, on April 2 for urgent humanitarian assistance.

Acting Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Glenn Miles announced this on his visit today to the Western Division to check on the progress of their assistance in the affected areas.

About AU$2 million will be used for additional food rations and transitional shelters, including provisions for clean up kits, hygiene kits, women’s dignity kits, transitional shelter kits and medical supplies.

"Under food security, Australian aid is working with local NGOs to provide seeds, rehabilitate land, establish nurseries and conduct training for farmers and communities," said Miles

Through their education funding support, 47 flood damaged schools and 2125 students will receive aid.

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