Disgusted that once again Australian media is reporting on the Australian tourists affected by the natural disaster in Fiji. Only a single sentence refers to the 4000 people affected by the disaster. And the quote at the end is just unbelievable. I can’t even… *shakes head*
AUSTRALIA will provide whatever assistance is needed to Fiji after devastating floods, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, said yesterday.
A state of natural disaster was declared for western Fiji following flooding in which at least three people have died and 4000 have been forced into evacuation centres.
Power was cut on the main island of Viti Levu. Incoming flights to Nadi were stopped last night and scheduled flights out of Nadi to Auckland, Melbourne and Honolulu cancelled. An empty Air New Zealand plane to fly out stranded passengers had to turn back due to bad weather.
”Australians travelling to Fiji ought to be aware of the
restrictions,” Mr Carr said. ”We’re not aware at this stage of Australians who have been injured or whose safety is seriously at risk.”
Resorts are running out of food and locals in surrounding areas have been urged to boil rainwater, which was continuing to pour last night. At Nadi Airport, frantic people crowded around equally frantic staff. Others lay on makeshift mattresses. Many had been stranded for several days.
Ann Wilson and her three grandchildren had to be flown by helicopter from a golf course after being stranded along with hundreds of other tourists, including many Australians.
They were forced to move from the Westin Hotel to the Sheraton as a result of the flooding, then she scrambled with other tourists to be selected for the helicopter, waiting 3½ hours before flying out of one of many danger zones.
”People were getting mad, saying they were elderly or they had a baby,” Ms Wilson said. ”It felt like the Titanic.”