Caritas Australia provides fund to assist Fiji

( [email protected] ) Apr 20, 2004 01:18 PM EDT

Caritas Australia will provide financial supports for last week's floods in Fiji. Caritas Australia will work closely with its Fijian partner, CEPAC in responding to the needs of many Fiji families left vulnerable.

On the last few days, Fiji was hit by a downpour of torrential rain in addition of last week flooding which caused 10 people drowned and a further 11 people missing. Many landslides and flooding had cut off several towns, including the capital city Suva. The army and navy have called to help in evacuation of hundreds of local residents from their homes and around the capital.

Caritas Australia National Director Jack de Groot said the organization is accepting donations to help the people of Fiji in their reconstruction and rehabilitation work. "Anyone who would like to offer financial assistance should ring our donation hotline 1800 024 413."

Last year, Cartias Australia has supported emergency disaster preparedness training with its Pacific partners, including Fiji. The prompting fear is that major rivers will burst their banks, threatening hundreds of thousands more people and causing further landsides.