More supplies flown to Samoa, Fiji
Hon Murray McCully
Hon Dr Jonathan
Minister of Defence
21 December 2012 Media
More supplies flown to
Samoa, FijiForeign Affairs Minister Murray
McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman say an RNZAF
C-130 Hercules has landed in cyclone-ravaged Samoa with
additional relief supplies.
“At the request of the
Samoan Government we sent a Hercules to Apia with essential
humanitarian supplies and diesel generators to support the
relief and recovery effort,” Mr McCully says.
is an urgent need for generators to ensure the Samoa Water
Authority can pump and transport water to affected
“In addition, we sent staff from the New
Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
to work within the Samoa National Disaster Management
Mr McCully says further supplies were also sent
to Fiji, with 300 large tarps, 20 generators, 10 chainsaws
and 150 shovels arriving in Nadi on a commercial flight this
Dr Coleman says he is pleased the New Zealand
Defence Force has been able to support the authorities in
Samoa and Fiji following Cyclone Evan.
of the Defence Force C-130 plane reflects the next stage of
the relief effort. The P3 – Orion was used extensively
for search and rescue and initial damage assessment flights.
The focus is now on the transportation of essential supplies
for humanitarian assistance,” Dr Coleman says.
Zealand has provided $2.6 million to Samoa and $2.4 million
to Fiji since Cyclone Evan hit a week
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