The Fiji Times

STC YASA RE­LIEF SUP­PLIES

- By SERAFINA SILAITOGA

YACHTIES who trav­elled to Fiji for a hol­i­day are lend­ing a help­ing hand to vic­tims of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Yasa.

Tourists from as far as Ger­many and Hol­land vis­ited vil­lagers on the is­lands of Yadua, Galoa, Yaqaga in Bua and Dru­adrua and Mali in Macu­ata with re­lief sup­plies.

They were on Mali Is­land last week and as­sisted vil­lagers set up equip­ment for safe drink­ing wa­ter.

Group mem­ber Stephane Chap­puis from Switzer­land said they were con­tacted by an in­ter­na­tional group called Sea Mercy to reach out to the is­lands and as­sess and as­sist cy­clone vic­tims.

“We made our as­sess­ment and sent back our re­ports and then we moved out to help these peo­ple be­cause Sea Mercy was in touch with the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Of­fice team,” he said.

“Our help also in­cludes build­ing ma­te­ri­als, we in­formed Sea Mercy and or­gan­ised the stuff which was then handed over to the af­fected is­lands.”

“Here on Mali Is­land, we set up a wa­ter maker for safe drink­ing and we did the same in Yadua for the vil­lagers.”

An­other mem­ber Ofe­lia Men­dez of Panama said Galoa vil­lagers were the worst hit.

“After vis­it­ing all the is­lands, we found Galoa to be the worst hit and they needed some tem­po­rary tents and we have pro­vided them with the tents in­clud­ing a big one for their church.” she said.

“We have as­sisted also with food ra­tions, de­pend­ing on the feed­back from com­mu­ni­ties and we wont cover Kia is­land be­cause they have re­ceived a lot of help from other or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Ms Men­dez said she could not get over the hospi­tal­ity they have re­ceived from vil­lagers.

“It’s just amaz­ing and Fi­jians are the best peo­ple in the world that de­spite be­ing hit hard by the cy­clone, most were wel­com­ing.”

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 ?? Pic­ture: SERAFINA SILATOGA ?? Ofe­lia Men­dez from Panama (left), Martin Randy of Ger­many, Rene De Jung of Hol­land, Stephane Chap­puis from Switzer­land and Kenny Paz of Colom­bia.
Pic­ture: SERAFINA SILATOGA Ofe­lia Men­dez from Panama (left), Martin Randy of Ger­many, Rene De Jung of Hol­land, Stephane Chap­puis from Switzer­land and Kenny Paz of Colom­bia.
 ?? Pic­ture: WWW.SEAMERCY.ORG ?? Yachties with sup­plies dur­ing one of Sea Mercy’s re­lief trips to Fiji.
Pic­ture: WWW.SEAMERCY.ORG Yachties with sup­plies dur­ing one of Sea Mercy’s re­lief trips to Fiji.

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