The Leader of Opposition today expressed concern and compassion for Vanuatu and other Island nations that have been devastated by the terrifying power of Cyclone Pam.
Ro Teimumu Kepa said it was difficult getting a clear picture of the destruction because of communication problems. But preliminary reports this morning out of Port Vila in Vanuatu indicated there is a death toll and much damage to infrastructure and buildings.
"At this stage we can only offer our prayers for the victims and ask God to give them courage and fortitude," Ro Teimumu said.
"I shall be writing to our Prime Minister today expressing the Opposition’s support for Fiji to grant whatever assistance is possible to help relieve the suffering.
"We hope the Fiji Military Forces can be mobilised to provide manpower for the relief efforts."
"Let us be thankful that so far we in Fiji have escaped the worst. Things could have been very different had it tracked in a more South Easterly direction.
We commend the Government for initiating a national state of preparedness. We give special praise to the Minister for National Disaster Management, Hon Inia Seruiratu, for his dedicated and energetic leadership at this time, and effective communication with the public."
Ro Teimumu Kepa