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Cyclone Winston Appeal reinforce PNG-Fiji ties

Fiji is globally renowned for its flourishing tourism industry, has in recent days, become synonymous with the word ‘devastation’ after Category 5 Cyclone Winston unleashed a deadly trail of havoc that claimed 42 lives, destroyed villages and displaced hundreds on the Pacific Island.
The historical and unique camaraderie between all Pacific Islands, especially in times of natural disaster, came into play and was the platform on which sympathies, condolences, prayers, relief support and monetary donations were offered to Fiji.
In particular, the sub-region of countries within the Melanesian Spearhead Group, MSG, saw overwhelming support and Papua New Guinea was no exception as its government offered assistance through appropriate diplomatic channels in Fiji’s recovery process.
PNG in ongoing efforts to raise and donate money for its affected Melanesian brothers and sisters donated K50’000, through the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation – Cyclone Winston.
The funds were received by First Secretary, Vilitati Mataitini of the High Commission of the Republic of Fiji in PNG.
“Numerous villages have been wiped out and a substantial amount of people have been displaced and the immediate needs now are food, shelter and water, so we are very thankful for the assistance, which will go towards serving these immediate needs,” said Mr. Mataitini.
First Secretary Mataitini said the amount of calls from Papua New Guineans wanting to help has been tremendous.
“We have been inundated with calls from ordinary Papua New Guineans who want to assist Fiji – various members of the community want to help,” Mataitini added, “This K50’000 donation will kick start the Cyclone Winston Appeal, which will conclude next week Saturday (5th March 2016),” He added.
Photo Caption: Miss Pacific Islands 2015 Winner, Abigail Havora and Wife of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Lynda O'Neill present a dummy cheque of K50'000 to First Secretary, Vilitati Mataitini.

 PNG TV / ONG Today

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