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Australian support to Fiji and Samoa

No. 1 Airfield Operations Support Squadron personnel begin loading pallets of emergency supplies onto a C-17A Globemaster, which will deliver the items to cyclone ravaged Fiji.
No. 1 Airfield Operations Support Squadron personnel begin loading pallets of emergency supplies onto a C-17A Globemaster, which will deliver the items to cyclone ravaged Fiji.

Defence is supporting a whole-of-government response to Fiji and Samoa following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan, a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster departed on the morning of 19 December to deliver 20,000 kgs of AusAID relief supplies to Nadi International airfield, Fiji.

The relief supplies include hygiene kits, shelter and tarpaulins for 720 families, water containers for 1,600 families and blankets for 3,100 people. The hygiene kits include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sanitary kits and laundry detergent.

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules is preparing to depart Amberley Thursday, 20 December 2012 with supplies for Apia, Samoa. The C-130 will be carrying tarpaulins for 430 families, blankets for 600 people and water containers and purification tablets for 4000 families.

These supplies are the first part of the $1 million package of assistance to Fiji announced by the Foreign Minister, Senator Carr, yesterday, and $1 million in assistance has also been committed to support people affected by the cyclone in Samoa.

Cyclone Evan has caused widespread and significant damage across Fiji, Samoa and the French Pacific territory of Wallis and Futuna. It struck Samoa on Thursday, 13 December 2012 and the Fiji Island group on Monday, 17 December 2012.