The prime minister and his party traveled first to Mataso where they paid their respects to the families of the 2 people who lost their lives on that island. They also inspected the damage that had been sustained and met with people who had received assistance, including food and shelter from the NDMO.

They then traveled to Makira where they listened to community concerns about repair and rehabilitation of critical infrastructure, including buildings that were used as shelters during the passage of Cyclone Pam.

They moved on to Emae where they met with the principal of Novo school and community leaders the timeline for reopening the school.

At Tongariki, the party was able to witness MV Sarafenua offloading relief supplies for distribution by NDMO and SHEFA provincial officers.

They overflew Buninga and Tongoa and were able to see that people had erected the tarpaulins that they had received from NDMO and now had shelter.

On Epi, the prime minister met with the captain of MV Dragonfly and thanked him for the contribution he and his crew have made to relief efforts so far. MV Dragonfly has been directed by NDMO to base herself in South Epi for further deployment to other areas as tasked by NDMO.

Source: The Prime Minister’s Office