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Fiji Provident Fund Members Affected By Cyclone Get Payout
More payouts expected as applications are processed

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 8, 2013) – The Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) has paid out FJ$12,000 [US$6,730] to members affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

The payments were made to 14 members in the Western Division where cyclone damage assessments are being carried out.

The FNPF also expected the amount to increase as more applications are processed and verified.

"For the three days up to close of business on Friday, December 4, FNPF registered 106 applications from members," said CEO Aisake Taito. "Of these, 14 have been paid out totaling FJ$12,000, 12 are queried due to issues with signatures not being consistent with specimens in our official records and 80 are currently being processed.

"We hope to pay these out once all proper checks are completed in the next few days. Our teams will continue to inspect and receive applications from members residing in cyclone-affected areas for another three weeks inclusive of this week, to be reviewed at the end of each week."

The National Disaster Management Organisation office in Lautoka revealed that 291 homes were destroyed and 420 suffered partial damage. However, this is only for Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and Rakiraki. Statistics for one of the worst-hit areas, Tavua, have yet to be established.

Members of the public seeking to make withdrawals from FNPF for cyclone damage are being urged to keep on the lookout for FNPF teams visiting their area

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