Jayapura, Jubi – Papuans are helping raise funds to help cyclone victims in Fiji Island.
Coordinator of Action Mario Yumte said they conducted the fundraising campaign at three places – the Abepura traffic light, the Expo terminal and the taxi point in Perumnas III Waena.
“This fundraising is also to appeal to Papuan people to help our brothers in Fiji who are stricken by Winston cyclone,” Mario Yumte told Jubi during fundraising breaks at Abepura red light on Monday (29/02).
According to him, Fijians currently more need financial help instead of goods. He and his friends will do the fundraising for three days. “We will send the money after three days fundraising,” he added. “This action was organized by student organizations including BEM Fisip Uncen, GempaR and FIM. We received permit from the Police already,” he said.
Earlier, the victims died because of Winston hurricane in Fiji was reportedly increased. As reported by Fiji Sun after confirmation of the local ministry of information, 42 people reportedly died and many were injured.
Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Fiji, the Ambassador Peter Thomson said all reports indicate the scale of the damage cause by Winston cyclone was beyond previous experiences of cyclone occurred in Fiji.
“About 14,000 people are currently reported to be sheltering at 274 evacuation center and the Government of Fiji declared a 30 day Fiji National Disaster,” said Thomson as reported the Fiji Sun.
Thomson said Fijian people are naturally resilient and physically and mentally strong, but the heaviness of this situation requires Fiji to rely on considerable assistance from the international community for the next days within weeks and months. (Abeth You/rom)