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Survey flights over Fiji completed after tropical cyclone Yasa
10:20 pm GMT+12, 20/12/2020, Fiji

-The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has successfully completed two survey flights of Fiji and remains ready to respond to those affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.
 
The Category 5 Tropical Cyclone, which has now been downgraded to a tropical low, has made its way through the Fijian islands and is tracking away through open seas in the South West Pacific.
 
A team from Headquarters Joint Forces, responsible for coordinating the NZDF response, deployed an NZDF C-130 Hercules from Base Auckland to conduct an initial survey flight on Saturday 19 December.
 
For operational reasons, the surveillance flights were conducted by an NZDF C-130 Hercules rather than the P3 Orion.
 
The collected imagery was analysed by the 230 Squadron Intelligence Team to assist the Fijian National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) with their assessment of the damage caused.
 
Additionally, a number of other NZDF units and capabilities have been making preparations to provide assistance should it be requested by the Fijian Government.
 
A second NZDF C-130 Hercules flight took place on Sunday to collect imagery of damage in more remote areas of the Fijian islands.
 
NZDF Air Component Commander Air Commodore Shaun Sexton said that since Tuesday, 70 NZDF personnel have been planning NZDF support options and delivering the survey flights over the weekend.  
 
“During what for many NZDF personnel was the first weekend of their Christmas holidays, many of our team have come off leave to support or prepare to support the wider New Zealand response to Fiji,” he said.
 
“Against a background of supporting the New Zealand public though OP PROTECT, it shows the NZDF is ready and able to support the needs of New Zealand and our Pacific whānau.”
 
The NZDF remains ready to provide further support to the Government of Fiji’s response, including the provision of aid and further damage surveys, when and if required.

Meanwhile, Emergency food packs, nonfood items and personnel arrive in Nabouwalu, Bua last night as Government rolls out assistance to Fijians affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.
 
The Prime Minister is also in Bua visiting villages and communities over the coming days as initial damage assessment continue and distribution of food packs commence.
 
NDMO Director Vasiti Soko advised that fly over missions by the New Zealand Defense Force continued Sunday with flights to Southern Lau.
 
“We are liaising with the Australian Defence Force about a C17 aircraft that arrived at Nadi International Airport yesterday with cargo that includes shelter kits,” said Soko.
 
Soko thanked the Governments of Australia and New Zealand for their support to the Fijian Government and Fijian people.
 
The casualties for TC Yasa remain at four and the NDMO is awaiting confirmation by the Fiji Police Force on a missing person in Lekutu, Bua.
 
The public was advised by Ms. Soko to remain vigilant of diseases and take steps to prevent outbreaks of Leptospirosis, Typhoid, Diarrhea, and Dengue (LTDD) which are common after disasters.
 
On the status of Evacuation Centres, Soko advised that as of 8am Sunday, there were 183 Evacuation Centres with 7731 evacuees in all four divisions.

SOURCE: NZDF/PACNEWS


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