16 Apr 2012

UNDP provides emergency relief work for Fiji flood victims

3:13 pm on 16 April 2012

The United Nations Development Programme is funding a cash for work programme for market vendors in Rakiraki in Fiji, following the recent devastating floods in the area.

The emergency employment will be in the rehabilitation work following the floods and is being provided for 260 market vendors for 20 working days.

The UN's Resident Co-ordinator, Knut Ostby, says being directly involved in the clean up will help the people rebuild their lives.

"They lost a lot of income. They lost a lot of assets and they need an immediate injection of support. So the cash for work programme combines that. It combines giving people and immediate injection - not very big - but an immediate injection of cash at the same time as they can participate themselves in direct rehabilitation."