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Fijians in Indonesia are Safe

The 42 Fijians living in Indonesia are safe after a tsunami on last Saturday reportedly killed more than 222 people, injured 843 while 28 are reported missing and more than 550 homes have been damaged.

The Fiji Embassy in Indonesia through the Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that no Fijians were affected by the tsunami that hit the several areas of the Sunda Strait including beaches in Pandeglang regency, Serang and South Lampung.

The Embassy has been in touch with the Fiji nationals to offer advices in terms of their safety and continued to monitor the situation closely. 
It is believed that this tsunami is one of the most devastating disasters to hit Indonesia and it could have been caused by an undersea landslide that was set off by volcanic activity on the island of Anak Krakatau.



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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

 

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

 

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.

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