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Cabinet To Study Completed Cyclone Report

Cabinet To Study Completed Cyclone Report
Cyclone Report
March 27
12:38 2016

A report on the damages caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston last month is now ready.

This was confirmed at Tokaimalo District School in Ra by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He said all Government ministries had carried out their own survey and now the report was ready for Cabinet’s perusal next week.

Mr Bainimarama said cabinet  after studying the report, would then decide on the priority areas for rebuilding to start.

He said at the moment, Government was handing out carpentry tools and nails to help people rebuild their damaged homes.


House plans

Government has received submissions and there will be different plans given to affected areas.

The house plans for those living in the maritime areas compared to those living in Viti Levu, he said, would vary to accommodate their specific needs.

Mr Bainimarama said Government was considering handing cash to home owners for them to buy their own materials and build.

This, he said, would help as Fiji did not have the number of carpenters in this rebuilding programme.

He said the sad case in some affected areas was that they had lost homes and crops.

He said the handing over of food rations for some would end in April.

However he said for those that still needed rations they had to inform those responsible.

When contacted yesterday, the director of the National Disaster Management Office Akapusi Tuifagalele said commissioners in affected divisions were trying to deliver the second round of rations.

For most divisions, accessibility was a problem and rations were not delivered in time.

Now that accessibility was being improved; officers would be going out responding to directives from the Cabinet for distribution possibly after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.


Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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