Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) April 06, 2012
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) carrying out a needs assessment in Fiji has found that affected communities are cut off by high floodwaters. The flooding has caused extensive damage to roads and bridges making aid delivery conditions challenging.
There is widespread damage to infrastructure in the western part of the south pacific island where thousands of families have been made homeless.
The main cities, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Tavua, Ba and Rakiraki, are the worst hit areas and have been flooded by nearly seven feet of water in places.
New Zealand-based SRT members Lyndon Tamblyn and Sally Fletcher have had logistical support from local Rotary and Fiji's disaster management agency DISMAC, including local knowledge of the affected area and transport.
"We have been working closely with Rotarians here and also DISMAC to assess the need for emergency humanitarian aid,” said Sally. “Although we are in a 4x4 truck, we still cannot reach some communities as some roads are still completely submerged underwater preventing us from crossing. As the waters begin to recede, we will be returning to these areas. Tomorrow we are heading further north to see what the situation is like in communities up there.”
DISMAC director Pajiliai Dobui said to reporters, “If people in these areas have boats, we're asking them to make them available, as the little we have is not enough.”
Although Cyclone Daphne has passed Fiji, more rain is expected over the next few days.
ShelterBoxes are en route to the flood-stricken country from prepositioned stock in New Zealand's capital Auckland.
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