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March 2010 Blog Posts (68)

***Ken and Biniati Arriving Savusavu PM Today to buy EMERGENCY FOOD RATIONS For Rabi***


I just had a phone call from Ken Rabi (4am here Aust) as Biniati has been able to book a a car at Savusavu which is coming out to Karoko now. He said they have just opened the road and they plan to meet the car at Koroko at 11am. They expect to arrive Savusavu late this afternoon.

I have gathered together $3,000 in overseas donations from this end and Biniati will buy…


Added by Stacey King on March 22, 2010 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Rabi Elders send thanks to 'Banaban Friends' abroad for kind donations to try and get food urgently

Ken set up a phone conversation after Village meeting was held in Tabwewa village this afternoon. The elders extended their thanks to all those 'Friends of Banabans' living abroad for being so generous and supporting them in their time of such need.

Tomorrow more village meetings will be conducted to work out plans to co-ordinate food sourcing and distribution through out the entire island. This information and planning will be coordinated through RCL Chairman and Team based in…


Added by Stacey King on March 21, 2010 at 6:49pm — No Comments

WE NEED TO FIND BOAT TO HELP US! Ken has advised no one is helping them with boats - they will have to find money for this!

Ken has advised that no one is willing to help with boats across to Rabi so we will have to find money to hire boats. Hoping if anyone up there can help us out taking emergency food across to Rabi. Please contact us ASAP.

Added by Stacey King on March 21, 2010 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

First Contact with Rabi Fiji via Ken Sigrah on Satellite phone- They need help with FOOD

Ken has just made contact with me now and was standing outside our home in Stream Valley Rabi with his brother Biniati and family. All our family is OK and our houses, one of which was only completed the day before the cylone hit has made it. All Biniati efforts with sandbagging the houses and wiring down the roofs with branches and logs has paid off. Ken reports that Rabi is in a very bad way confirming what our Chairman has already told us. He is attending a village meeting this afternoon…


Added by Stacey King on March 21, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Full contact information for RABI DISASTER MANAGEMENT TEAM Suva Fiji


Banaban Trust Fund Board Office

Banaba House

1st Floor,

Pratt Street


Phone: (679) 310 0085

Fax: (679) 330 8760

I am coordinating everything from this side, NGAIA will be the one along with Nei TO, they will also be working today until 10pm today at this office. Both are workers for Banaban Limited.

As for Monday I am going to open a new Account number for Rabi Island Disaster Fund…


Added by Stacey King on March 21, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Rabi Council meeting now in Suva to form Rabi Disaster Management team

RCL Chairman, Paulo Vanualailai has advised us that they are now meeting in Suva this morning to set up a RABI DISASTER MANAGEMENT TEAM. They are setting up in the Banaban Trust Board office in Banaba House Pratt Street, Suva. We will be listing the phone and fax numbers shortly.

Added by Stacey King on March 21, 2010 at 9:31am — No Comments

The name of the Banaban man killed on Rabi in Cyclone Tomas was Tuutake Tebeke

This information just came in from RCL Chairman to confirm what we had all been waiting to know.
The name for the deceased person is Tuutake Tebeke he is in early 50's.
He died at Rakentai on the other side of Rabi

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Tomas.

Added by Stacey King on March 21, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments


Dear Banabans,

Now is the time for you to give our people back on Rabi the help they need if you do not mind. Maybe some can kindly give the things you feel you do not need at homes such as clothes, blanket sheets, pillows, mattresses, kitchen utensils, etc, or volunteer to support your own families at Rabi with rations food particularly rice, flour and sugar will be greatly appreciated.

Food has totally vanished on the island, breadfruit trees have all gone, cassava patches…

Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

ALL BANABANS need to mobilize now where ever you are in the world! Rabi needs our help!

Our RCL Chairman will have Banaban House Suva opened as soon as possible for planned emergency meeting there at 2pm Suva time. All Banabans living in Fiji should try and rally there to offer assistance, food, clothing, etc. and to assist your councillors. Please contact your local churches for assistance and other NGOs, Red Cross to rally support.


(P) 0011 679 3303653

(F) 0011 679 3300543



Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Chairman reports DISMAC team only visited 2 villages on Rabi, called back to do a proper report for whole island

Our chairman Paulo Vanulailai has told me that the first DISMAC team just make a quick visit to only 2 villages and Paulo has called them back yesterday to do an IMPORTANT full assessment of the island. He is awaiting their report which is essential to try and get the proper outside aid Rabi needs. They have already set up their only Rabi DIMAC that will make a COMPLETE report that is expected back within 24hours. As soon as Ken can get his satellite phone link go on Rabi.…


Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments


Dear Stacy, I have just arrived to Suva and if ken is here, please kindly ask him to contact me on this number 9050884.

Yes Rabi is devasted, 100% agriculture, all the foodcrops and fruittrees have gone. It will take just another day or two, people will starve if no food arrives on the island. One person confirmed dead. 10or more house have gone in Tabwewa area including Nuku, Farm, Stream Valley and Fatima. Uma Village about all the extensions are gone, seven houses are damaged… Continue

Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Fijian authorities confirm third death from cyclone disaster (RABI)

Through the cloud cover, damaged houses. [Fiji One]
PHOTO 1 of 3

Through the cloud cover, damaged houses. [Fiji One]

Campbell Cooney, Liv casben Last Updated: 17 hours 32 minutes ago

The death toll from a cyclone that hit Fiji has risen to three after emergency…


Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Relief supplies for the North (Tui Tai helping out)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A RELIEF run to hurricane-struck areas in the Northern Division is being organised by a cruise ship company that has close ties to the area.

Morika Hunter-Young, of the tourist vessel Tui Tai, said the company's charitable arm was organising relief supplies to be shipped to Rabi and Kioa islands, and Natewa Bay and Udu Point on Vanua Levu.

"We cruise that area every day and they are everything about…


Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 7:22am — No Comments

Cyclone Tomas toll rises to three - Man confirmed dead on Rabi

17:29 AEST Fri Mar 19 2010
12 hours 59 minutes ago
Fiji cyclone disaster relief
Cyclone Tomas has claimed two lives in Fiji but relief agencies don't expect to report more deaths.
P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">The death toll from a destructive cyclone that smashed into Fiji rose to three on Friday after emergency authorities confirmed two more deaths.



Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Third Death Reported - Man Killed on Rabi by Falling Tree

Article published the Friday 19 March 2010 - Latest update : Friday 19 March 2010

New Zealand air force air craft distribute aid

Added by Stacey King on March 20, 2010 at 6:19am — 1 Comment

Smaller islands of Vanua Levu, Lau Group badly damaged (including Rabi from first reports)

Publish date/time: 19/03/2010 [13:05]

Hurricane Tomas has caused a lot of damage in the smaller islands of Vanua Levu and in the Lau group.

DISMAC official Anthony Blake confirmed that after the first aerial survey they have found that the smaller islands like Cikobia, Rabi and some islands in Lau have been badly affected.

There is an audio file attached to this story. Please login… Continue

Added by Stacey King on March 19, 2010 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Worst affected - Rabi damage seen from air and people trying to repair houses and church

Friday, March 19, 2010

Children of Wainigadru, in Tawake, Cakaudrove stand outside what's left of their house + Enlarge this image

Children of Wainigadru, in Tawake, Cakaudrove stand outside what's left of their house

THE eastern part of Vanua Levu is by far the worst hit by Hurricane Tomas.

A flight over the…


Added by Stacey King on March 19, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Other Banabans wanting to join Ken on Rabi trip. Due Taveuni 8am flight. Need help in finding boat to get across. Needs flexible charter.

Hoping to find out more information today with Red Cross Taveuni. Will post more details as they come in.

Next major step is to try and charter a boat across to Rabi and work out what it will cost us so Ken can make sure he has money put aside for this. Can anyone help!! We have heard the AirPacific Taveuni office usually arrange boat (fishing trip) charters and have arranged other boats to get to Rabi in the past.

Can someone in Suva try and make a booking and come back…


Added by Stacey King on March 19, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Vital information received Re: Aftermath Taveuni that will help Ken's plans to reach Rabi by tomorrow

**Because of the information provided here on Taveuni relayed by Miriam in the US with her friends living in Taveuni, we have now been able to reorganise Ken's plans for Taveuni leg of trip to Rabi. This aftermath report is from the Taveuni Estate between town and Adrian's farm at the very eastern point of Taveuni. We know now that Ken will have no hope of getting to the farm via car on his way to Rabi and will have to try and get to them on his way back out. Miriam's email also…

Added by Stacey King on March 19, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

DISMAC officials now in Rabi and they expect assessments to be completed by tomorrow

Fiji: TROPICAL CYCLONE TOMAS: Red Cross Northern Division Operations Strengthened

Source: Fiji Red Cross Society Date: 18 Mar 2010

Red Cross has today relocated all our Northern Divisions Relief Operations to Labasa to strengthen our response and relief efforts for communities and areas affected in the Division.

Centralised in Labasa, and in close collaboration with our Emergency Response Teams,…


Added by Stacey King on March 18, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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