Biniati Sigrah Rabi Island Fiji retired UN Fiji peacekeeper
Biniati Sigrah Rabi Island Fiji retired UN Fiji peacekeeper
DONATE: Cyclone Tomas First Emergency response

 We are looking for help to put together an aid mission to help Rabi Island.

We are trying to mount an emergency assessment trip lead by Ken Sigrah.

 If you can help us please contact: admin@banaban.com

Our comany Nature Pacific Pty Ltd is funding this mission and any funds raised or help offered will go direct to the Island.

First priority will be food and emergency supplies.

Ken Sigrah & Stacey King

Please download this Press Release for distribution regarding more

 details of Ken's upcoming mission.

We now have an Australia bank account** open for those wishing to make direct donations in Australia

Account name: Banaban Trust Fund Board

BSB: 032 004 

Account no:  146345 

Bank Name: WESTPAC BANK 

Location: WESTPAC ROYAL EXCHANGE SYDNEY 

**Please mark your donation as- RABI AID and your name and email your contribute details to: admin@banaban.com

We also still have our PAYPAL security DONATION link (at top of this page) which allows donations in various currencies including USdollars.

 

 LAST CONTACT WITH RABI ISLAND

This is a recording of our last phone contact with Biniati Sigrah at Tabewea village Rabi Fiji 1.39pm Fiji Time Monday 15 March as Cyclone Tomas starts to hit hard.

Just after our last phone call with him we were able to speak to Uea Jiobe from Tabiang village Rabi who reported that five houses around him in Tabiang village had already gone and they were evacuating up to the High School on the hill at Tabiang.

All contact with Rabi was lost at 1.39 pm Fiji time Monday 15 March 2010

We know since these last phone calls that the situation has become much worse on Rabi and there are also major concerns over tidal surges. Already at nearby Undu Point the villages we know of at least four coastal villages going under seawater.

Ken Sigah is attempting to make an emergency trip to the island as soon as possible. He is trying to find a boat able to get him across to Rabi from either Taveuni or Savusavu.

All roads out to Karoko are reported down, so sea passage is the best option at present.

 

 

KEN DISCUSSING THE LAST PHONE CONVERSATION WITH HIS BROTHER ON RABI BEFORE TC TOMAS HIT THE ISLAND

This is an interview with Ken Sigrah talking about his brother Biniati Sigrah (a retired UN Fiji Peacekeeper) and the last phone conversation he had with him before all contact was lost with Rabi, Island Fiji before the worst of Cyclone Tomas hit around 10pm that night.
Ken, who lives in Australia, has his children and young grandchildren all under the guidance and protection of his eldest brother.
During their phone conversation Ken tried to calmly warn his brother of the pending situation of what was coming down on them. In previous conversations Biniati had shown typical Island resourcefulness by trying to lash down the iron roofs with trees branches, sandbags and wire. During his last conversation with Ken after he was told that other houses had already been destroyed at Tabiang village on the southern part of the Island he was making final preparations to put the family into survival mode.
Ken is hoping to arrive on Rabi over the weekend and assess the situation on the ground. He will be carrying a satellite phone to set up a direct link and send important information back to Nature Pacific's Head office in Australia.