GOVERNMENT stands ready to assist communities that will need immediate and long-term assistance as a result of damages caused by TC Gita as it passes south of Southern Lau and continues tracking westward in Fiji waters.
Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management, and Meteorological Services, Meleti Bainimarama, said the National Disaster Management Office had been closely monitoring and providing continuous public advice on TD07F which then developed into Tropical Cyclone Gita.
“Pro-active measures were adopted and government agencies have collaborated to identify plans of action. All Government Permanent Secretaries, the heads of our Disciplined Forces, and the diplomatic corps were respectively briefed on the operational focus as good coordination is key to any successful response”, Mr. Bainimarama said.
“Based on forecasts and continuous incoming situation reports from government officials on the ground, we’ve highlighted primary risk locations in Southern Lau. Once the cyclone passes and data comes in, we will then be able to develop a better situation overview of damages and needs and reveal concrete action plans.”
Government will then allocate various resources and assets as part of the response plan based on further assistance.