Americans don’t get a lot of outside news of what is happening around the world in disasters. Our representative in the Fiji Islands just sent me a urgent message about what is happening there. Here is a part of his letter to me…… the pictures are not good, but you can see what is happening…..
“After four consecutive days of torrential rain, in the Fiji Islands caused most of our towns, cities and villages to be flooded. Most villages and homes are 15 feet under water, as roads turn into sea of debris.
A young family in a village in Ba was buried in a landslide early yesterday morning. Thousands of our people are seeking shelter as their homes and belongings are under water. There are fears that flood waters could rise to record heights in the next few days, and people are warned to prepare for the worst if a cyclone was to hit the nation in the aftermath of the current rainfall and flooding. The City Administrator in Ba said, he had never seen anything like it, and it was highlighted in our local newspaper today that this flood is worse than the flood in 2009, because of the duration and disruption of the services, homes, Business and roads. Farmers have lost out as their crops have been totally destroyed. We deeply value your friendship and prayers…. Any help in kind or cash will be greatly appreciated!
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The floods that hit Fiji last week are estimated to have destroyed half the crops and livestock in the affected area of western Viti Levu.
The Fiji Times says the total damage bill is more than $17 million, with the sugar industry taking one of the biggest hits. Scores of roads and bridges were washed out and power and water supplies damaged. The Times says the sugar industry has sustained damage worth almost $10 million.
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Tourists who arrived back in New Zealand from Fiji this afternoon spoke of wading to the airport. Others reportedly had an army escort.
"We were in about knee-deep water to get through to the airport but we made it okay," one tourist said. "The houses were underwater but the water's still rising."
Entire villages are now without shelter and food. They are asking us to send food. With the Fiji Government today declaring parts of the Western Division ‘a State of Natural Disaster’, the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) is calling on the general public to reach out and help those worst affected by the floods.
“Whatever you can contribute will go a long way in Western Viti Levu, as well as in Vanua Levu, majority of whom have lost their belongings in the floods,” said PCC’s Climate Impact and Disaster Risk Assessment (CIDRA) Officer Reverend Ikani Tolu.”
PLEASE CAN YOU HELP WITH A DONATION TO SHIP THE FOOD TO THEM....CAN YOU HELP ME SEND THEM THE FOOD?
Our supplies are here.... together we can help these people live through this terrific flood. Please assist me in helping the Fiji Islands in need.
I cannot do this without you..... I need you...
Dr Gayla Holley
Moms Against Hunger