27 Apr 2004

Red Cross in Fiji helps secure safe water supplies for flood victims

7:43 am on 27 April 2004

Fiji's Red Cross is working alongside the Ministry of Health to ensure flood affected victims have drinkable water.

This follows flash flooding that devastated the eastern part of the main island of Viti Levu two weeks ago.

The head of the red cross, Alison Cupit, says they determined which areas may have a water borne disease, and just completed a safe water drinking campaign.

Ms Cupit says about 200-thousand water purification tablets were donated from the Australian government.

"These water purification tablets arrived with no vernacular language instructions on them, so we got about 50-thousand labels made, with the instructions in the vernacular on how they are to use these water purification tablets."

Ms Cupit says about 50 volunteers helped the Red Cross deliver tablets to over 300 families in the weekend.