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Aid Continues to pour into Fiji


March 18, 2010 — Clean water is the biggest concern in cyclone-ravaged Fiji as aid continues to pour in.

Tonnes of aid has been flowing into Fiji over the last few days, bringing the hardest-hit regions much needed food and supplies.

The chain of islands was battered by cyclone Tomas, a powerful category four storm earlier this week. Buildings were destroyed and thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. Many are still living in emergency shelters.

On Thursday, a Hercules aircraft flew over Tavenui to help the Fijian government asses the extent of the damage in remote villages.

'The business areas are not so much affected, it is the rural areas that felt the brunt of Cyclone Tomas,' said one soldier with the Fijian army.

Local officials are worried about damaged infrastructure and floodwaters contaminating the water supplies to isolated towns.

'We don't want people drinking from any sort of water system,' said Arthur Simmons of the Red Cross.

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