7 Mar 2016

UN makes a major commitment to help Fiji

5:26 pm on 7 March 2016
United Nations

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The United Nations has released US$8 million from its emergency response fund to help Fiji cope with the cyclone disaster.

The Funds were made available after the Fiji government and the UN on Friday launched an appeal for US$38.6 million in critical emergency relief for the estimated 350,000 people in need following the destruction caused by Winston.

International donors had already made in-kind donations and provided technical assistance worth nearly US$22 million, and provided US$9 million in cash.

A spokesperson from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, Marcy Vigoda said it is vital the international community provides the necessary resources to help all the affected people with shelter, health services, water and sanitation, and to support students to restart their education.

Meanwhile large donations continue to flow into the Fiji prime minister's relief fund, with the latest a cheque for US$46,000 dollars from telecommunications company, Digicel.