Support on its way to cyclone-ravaged Fiji and Samoa

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic has welcomed today’s announcement that the Australian Government will provide an initial $1 million in emergency aid for families in Fiji and Samoa affected by Cyclone Evan.

He was responding to today’s announcement by Foreign Minister Bob Carr that Australia would provide emergency assistance and relief supplies to the two Pacific Island Nations.

Mr Husic said Fiji was still recovering from flooding in April this year before Cyclone Evan hit.

“Australia is always among the first nations to lend a helping hand to our neighbours when unfortunate natural disasters occur,” Mr Husic said.

“There are many people who’ve orginally arrived from Fiji and Samoa and have made their homes in the Chifley electorate. I’m sure they will be comforted that Australia has stepped in to help”

In Fiji there has been major flooding with roads, bridges and tourist areas suffering significant damage.

While there have been no reports to date of any Australians being injured by the cyclone in Samoa, Australians unable to contact friends or family caught in the aftermath of the Cyclone, should call the Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135.