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54 RFMF Officers depart for Australia to assist in bushfire crisis

54 RFMF Officers depart for Australia to assist in bushfire crisis

By Naveel Krishant
Sunday 19/01/2020

A 54 member engineering contingent from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces has left for Australia to assist in combatting Australia's bushfire crisis.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it is a proud day to be a Fijian, as our nation comes to the aid of the climate-vulnerable on two fronts across Oceania.

Bainimarama says while the RFMF Officers have departed for Australia, at the same time, across our islands, RFMF personnel and disaster officials are clearing roads, restoring services and providing relief supplies to Fijians impacted by the heavy rains and flooding brought by Tropical Cyclone Tino, which arrived three weeks after Cyclone Sarai this same season.

 

Bainimarama adds as Australians battle the bushfire crisis and Fijians recover from cyclones Sarai and Tino, we are bearing witness to the powerful resilience of the Pacific spirit.

He further says he has long said that we are all in the same canoe when it comes to combatting climate change adding while the climate emergency presents a new and frightening reality, if we paddle together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome.

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