Fijian PM sends condolences for Brazil's devastating flood-caused mudslides

January 15, 2011 11:04 am 

SUVA, Jan. 15 — Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama on Friday sent his condolences to Brazil's President Dima Vana Rousseff for the devastating flood-caused mudslides in the country's southeast.

The Fiji Information Ministry in a news release quoted Bainimarama as saying that "I have learnt with a deep sense of sadness of the loss of lives and property that has been caused by devastating mudslides in your country. I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who have died."

He also expressed his "deep sympathy to the many (Brazilians) who have lost their homes and livelihoods in this disaster", wishing the government of Brazil success in their efforts in handling the devastation.

"We wish the government and people of Brazil every success in your efforts to remedy this catastrophic situation and we assure you, Excellency, of our solidarity in this trying period," Bainimarama told the Brazilian president.

Torrents of mud and water set off by heavy rains left a trail of destruction through the mountainous Serrana region in Brazil. At least 443 people have been killed in the disaster.

Thousands of homeless families have taken refuge at a school to receive aid supplies. Many campaign efforts are underway across Brazil to collect donations for the victims. More heavy rain is forecast this week, raising the risk of further mudslides, according to media reports. (PNA/Xinhua) DCT/utb

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