Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced an additional $10 million in aid for Fiji as it recovers from the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston.
The extra funding will provide food, clean water, hygiene and shelter to hundreds of communities struggling with the aftermath of Fiji’s worst-recorded cyclone.
Ms Bishop said Australia will work closely with the Fijian authorities to make urgent repairs to schools, medical clinics and basic infrastructure.
An additional 16 medical personnel will go to Fiji.
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The arrival of HMAS Canberra, expected within the next 24 hours, will bring the number of Australian defence personnel in the country close to 1,000.
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“This new package of support brings the Australian Government’s assistance for Fiji to $15 million,” Ms Bishop said.
“Australia is the largest contributor to the international relief effort, and we stand ready to provide further assistance to support the people of Fiji should it be required.”
Tourism authorities in Fiji said the best way Australians can help is by coming to visit Fiji.
Most hotels were not in the direct path of the cyclone and are open for business.
Many Fiji communities depend on tourism and are fearful news from badly damaged areas will prompt tourists to cancel their trips.