Tuvalu News

TUVALU RECEIVES OFFERS OF SUPPORT FOLLOWING FIRE DEATHS

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (March 11, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The Tuvalu government has received offers of support from countries in the Asia-Pacific region following a fire which killed 19 people.

Eighteen schoolgirls and a matron died when a blaze broke out at a school on the atoll of Vaitapu.

The Tuvalu High Commissioner’s office in Suva noted that offers of assistance already had been received from Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

A two-day mourning period was declared as the government begun an official investigation into the disaster.

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