29 Mar 2016

Vital infrastructure restored by NZ military in cyclone-hit Fiji

12:53 pm on 29 March 2016

Fiji's military commander says New Zealand military personnel have repaired dozens of schools, medical centres and other community buildings on the main island of Viti Levu and in the Lau archipelago.

New Zealand army engineers help at a water desalination operation in Lomaloma village, Fiji after cyclone Winston.

New Zealand army engineers help at a water desalination operation in Lomaloma village, Fiji. Photo: New Zealand Defence Force

Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto said the pace of work was quite fast, and those schools that were repaired by the New Zealand forces are among the first to reopen.

He said New Zealand NH90 helicopters had been very valuable in delivering essential aid supplies and transporting Fiji government staff to remote areas hit by the cyclone.

In a release, the New Zealand Defence Force said 450 engineers, soldiers, sailors and aircrew, two ships and six aircraft including two helicopters had been deployed since February 21 to support Fiji as it recovers from Cyclone Winston, which devastated large parts of the country.

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