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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

EU prepares to give Fiji sugar industry aid boost

The European Union is expected to provide more aid to help Fiji's sugar industry recover from Cyclone Winston. Up to 80 percent of the crop is reported to have been destroyed in the category 5 storm which hit Fiji ten days ago, killing 43 people. The EU's representative in Fiji Andrew Jacobs told FBC News work is underway to get funding specifically for sugar in addition to the 4-point-6 million US dollars the EU t has already pledged for relief efforts. The Fiji Roads Authority is working around the clock to repair roads and jetties around the country. The Fiji Times reports the agency is focusing on roads in southern Ra, Taveuni, Ba and northern Tailevu. Food rations have been delivered to villagers of Yacata island which suffered badly in the cyclone. The villages told the Fiji Times the food, meant to last a month, arrived just as their stores were running out. The Australian navy ship, the HMAS Canberra has arrived in Fiji and will be deployed to help the people of Koro Island which was also badly hit.

Source: Radio New Zealand