Four Tuvaluan students affected by Ba, Fiji Fire
21 July 2006 FijiTimes.com
The Tuvalu High Commission is doing all it can to locate and help Tuvalu students who lost all their possessions following a school dormitory fire in Ba this week.
But High Commissioner Seve Paeniu said only four Tuvalu nationals were part of the affected group of boarders, not 12 as reported earlier.
"We are in the process of locating the whereabouts of the affected students who we believe have returned from Ba yesterday and are now staying with relatives and guardians in Suva," said Mr Paeniu.
The Ba Methodist Mission School dormitory was razed to the ground on Tuesday, the third school hostel to catch fire in recent weeks.
"We are told by the school principal there are four Tuvalu students among the 12 students who were living in the dormitory that was razed."
Mr Paeniu said the high commission only learnt of the fire through the media yesterday and were then later informed by school principal that the students were in Suva visiting relatives and guardians.
"Our course of action thus far is to track down the whereabouts of the students and ascertaining from them whatever assistance that may be needed to enable them return to school all prepared both physically and emotionally," said Mr Paeniu.
He said his office hoped to speak to the students today."