Singapore sends condolences to cyclone-hit Fiji, offers US$100,000 assistance

A woman holding her son in the remnants of her house after Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji.
A woman holding her son in the remnants of her house after Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji.PHOTO: AFP / UNICEF / SOKHIN

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sent his condolences to Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama following last weekend's deadly super-cyclone, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Thursday (Feb 25).

Cyclone Winston - the most powerful storm in the country's history - struck Fiji late on Saturday (Feb 20), killing 44 people and leaving 35,000 people homeless.

"I was saddened to hear of the loss of lives and destruction in Fiji caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston," Mr Lee wrote in a letter to Mr Bainimarama.

"I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Government, and people of the Republic of Fiji whose resilience in the face of this disaster has been remarkable," he added.

Mr Lee also conveyed to him Singapore's contribution of US$100,000 (S$140,288) to assist in Fiji's relief and recovery efforts. "I am confident that Fiji will recover quickly under your able leadership," he wrote.