New Zealand Helps Fiji Residents

New Zealand is to give 500,000 NZ dollars (US$ 412,235) immediately to help people affected by flooding in Fiji, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced Tuesday.

“In addition to the reported deaths, thousands have been forced from their homes and into evacuation centers,” McCully said in a statement.

“The situation is severe as Fiji is still recovering from January’s floods and many response agencies will not have fully replenished their supplies.”

New Zealand funding would be provided to the Fiji Red Cross, and other non-government agencies well positioned to respond, he said.

“New Zealand always stands ready to help the people of Fiji when disaster strikes,” said McCully.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will consider further support based on the needs of relief agencies who are working with flood-affected communities.”

New Zealand provided 350,000 NZ dollars to the Fiji Red Cross to support the response to severe floods in January and a further 1.5 million NZ dollars to the Fiji Natural Disaster Management Office and to refurbish evacuation centers.

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