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Support for Australians in Fiji and Fiji disaster response



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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS  Senator the Hon. Bob Carr  April 2, 2012    

  

SUPPORT FOR AUSTRALIANS IN FIJI AND   FIJI DISASTER RESPONSE        Foreign Minister Bob Carr today confirmed the Australian Government is providing a range of support and assistance to Australians affected by heavy rain and flooding in Fiji.   

Around 2,000 Australians are believed to be stranded in hotels and resorts in Fiji according to Australia’s acting High Commissioner.   

“Australia’s High Commission staff in Fiji have been in contact with many Australians affected - offering full consular support.   

“At this time, we are not aware of any Australians who have been injured or whose safety is at serious risk.   

“We understand that people are anxious about the situation and worried about how and when they might be able to return to Australia.   

“In Fiji, Australian officials are doing all they can to assist Australians with information and advice.   

“Australians seeking information on the situation in Fiji should contact: smartraveller.gov.au or DFAT’s 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1 300 555 135 or for Australians currently in Fiji, contact +61 2 6261 3305.    

“I am advised that road access to Nadi airport has improved and High Commission staff are at the airport to assist travellers.   

“I have today spoken with the CEO of Qantas, Mr Alan Joyce, and he advised that the airline is committed to adding capacity as required,” Senator Carr said.   

Senator Carr has today spoken with Fiji’s interim Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, to express the deepest sympathy of the Australian government and people on the impact of the floods that are devastating parts of Fiji.    

The floods have caused several deaths and damaged homes and other infrastructure and many thousands of people are taking refuge in evacuation centres.   

Australia is working closely with Fijian organisations to assist assessments of damage and needs for emergency support in affected communities including funding aerial surveys of flooded areas. 

 

Senator Carr said that Australia and Fiji have strong ties and at a time of crisis, Australia stands ready to provide help to the people of Fiji.   

Senator Carr advised Ratu Inoke Kubuabola that the Australian government is ready to provide assistance of up to $1 million to support Fiji’s disaster response priorities.   

This will cover procurement by local and international NGOs of relief, medical and sanitation supplies such as tarpaulins, water purification tablets and water containers and blankets - supplies will also be made available for distribution by the National Disaster Management Office.   

Many Australians in Fiji as tourists have also been affected by the floods. The Australian Government is providing consular assistance to those in need.    

Senator Carr also thanked interim Foreign Minister Kubuabola for the cooperation of the Fiji authorities in helping those Australian tourists.   

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