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2 airlifts of Australian emergency supplies arrive for Samoa

Unloading the first airlift of Australian supplies last night

Unloading the first airlift of Australian supplies last night

APIA: FRIDAY 21 DECEMBER 2012: The second airlift of emergency supplies from Australia for cyclone victims in Samoa arrives this afternoon on board an Australian Defence Force C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft.

The 28 tonnes of cargo include more than 5,000 insecticide nets, more than 2,000 tarpaulins, and shelter and hygiene kits for families.

“The supplies will provide relief to the families and communities who have suffered the most from the disaster, including those who have lost their homes” said Dr. Stephen Henningham, Australia’s High Commissioner to Samoa.

“The supplies will help ensure that the most affected communities have access to shelter in the coming days and weeks” said Dr Henningham.

“They will also assist families to return safely to their villages to begin rebuilding.”

Last night an Australian Defence Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and landed at Faleolo and delivered hundreds of water containers and water purification tablets for 4,000 people.

Australia’s relief supplies are part of $1.05 million in emergency assistance to Samoa. The assistance includes $450,000 to the Samoan Government and $100,000 to non-governmental organisations to assist with the response.

More than 4,000 people continue to shelter in temporary evacuation centres and thousands more have been sheltered by their extended families.

Australian High Commissioner Dr. Henninghan with Samoan officials at the airport

Australian High Commissioner Dr. Henninghan with CEO of Foreign Affairs, Aiono Mose Sua and Samoan officials at the airport

 

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