French Help after the passage of cyclone Winston (February 24, 2016) [fr]
French Help after the passage of cyclone Winston (February 24, 2016)
(Official declaration from the Spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
France expresses its solidarity in Fiji after the February 20 Category 5 cyclone, Tropical Cyclone Winston, which killed 42 people according to a latest report. We present our condolences to the families of victims.
The French humanitarian aid begins to arrive in Fiji. A French military plane left this morning from New Caledonia carrying three tons of humanitarian aid provided by the French Red Cross. This aircraft type "CASA" is able to land or take off on short length tracks. At the request of the Fijian authorities, it will remain on site to ensure the transport of aid to the most affected islands. The CASA will be joined tonight by a second aircraft of the same type with the personnel and cargo management of civil security and risk management of New Caledonia.
Furthermore, the Foundation Airbus Helicopters, as part of its partnership with the crisis center and support, made a helicopter available to Fijian authorities for reconnaissance flights and delivery of medical equipment or communication.
We coordinate with those of the governments of Australia and New Zealand under the FRANZ Agreement, Regional Cooperation Framework in the South Pacific in case of natural disaster. Of which France is the chair since October 2015.