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Australia will provide up to $1 million in initial emergency humanitarian assistance to help the people of Fiji recover from the devastation and destruction caused by Cyclone Tomas.
The Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated clearance will be given for an Australian Defence Force C130 to land in Fiji and provide immediate support. In addition to the delivery of goods the aircraft could be involved in surveying damaged areas and providing medical evacuations.
A tropical cyclone warning is currently in place for Fiji as Cyclone Tomas moves slowly across the nation. The interim government of Fiji has declared a state of emergency for the Northern and Eastern Divisions.
A curfew is in place in the Northern, Eastern and Central Divisions and flights into and out of Fiji may be delayed or cancelled. Transport within Fiji, including ferries and flights, has been cancelled.
Australians currently in Fiji or planning to travel to Fiji should register with smartraveller.gov.au, and contact their transport and accommodation provider to check current arrangements.
Australian assistance to Fiji following Cyclone Tomas Media release
Consular and travel advice for Fiji [external website]
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Last reviewed: 17 March 2010