Tonga navy boat arrives in Fiji with relief supplies

His Majesty’s Armed Forces’ petrol boat VOEA Pangai has arrived in Fiji with relief supplies from Tonga after Cyclone Winston ripped through the South Pacific country last month, Fiji Sun said.

The VOEA was about to unload 200 tents, 1500 litres of drinking water, six tonnes of flour, four tonnes of rice, two tonnes of sugar and a desalination machine in Vanuabalavu in Lau Group today.

Meanwhile Fiji government said some schools opened this week while officials were working closely with the Education Ministry to put in place plans to get all students back into classrooms.

One report said 134 schools have been destroyed, severely damaged or are being used as evacuation centres. The death toll remains at 43.

According to United Nations Children’s Fund tens of thousands of people in Fiji are living in evacuation centres.

“There are still some pieces of the picture missing but we do know that approximately 7.2% (62,400) of Fiji’s population are in 875 evacuation centres, with many staying with relatives or in other places away from home,” Unicef New Zealand’s executive director, Vivien Maidaborn, said in a statement.

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