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Cyclone Rage Bores Down On Cawaci Again

Cyclone Rage Bores Down On Cawaci Again
Students remove desks from the damaged classroom block at St John’s College in Cawaci, Ovalau on April 11, 2018. Photo: Manhar Lal
April 12
11:00 2018

St John’s College in Cawaci, Ovalau, has been hit again by another cyclone, this time by Tropical Cyclone Keni.

Although the damage did not ap­pear as severe as Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016, the rooftop dam­age has affected 315 students.

College principal Alosio Saukuru said two-thirds of the classroom block’s rooftop was blown off on Tuesday afternoon.

The damaged block housed three Year 12 classrooms, two Year Nine classrooms, one Year 10 classroom, and three staff rooms.

“The cost of repair could be more than $20,000 and we are waiting for Government to assess the dam­age,” principal Saukuru said.

“This is the same classroom block that was damaged by TC Winston and repaired.”

The same block was repaired by the United States military. The US State department has yet to re­spond on the matter.

Other classroom blocks not af­fected by TC Keni were repaired by engineers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

A section of the damaged block was not affected. It houses two classrooms and the girls toilet room.

Principal Saukuru said the affect­ed students would now be accom­modated in a newly built classroom block. The building has not been opened officially.

Despite the damage, Mr Saukuru said they would go ahead with their end of Term one examination.

St John’s ex-scholars representa­tive, Fiona Samuels Kamsoo, said students were safe and have not let the destructive winds of TC Keni affect them as they now concentrat­ed on their exams, which started today and would end next Tuesday.

Ms Kamsoo said the students were scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 18, and talks were underway to try and secure two trips, otherwise the male stu­dents would have to travel on the next day.

“As a request by the school prin­cipal, Mr Saukuru, all official messages concerning St John’s College are to come only from the ex-scholars and PTFA. With the re­cent events and all sorts of posts on Facebook there has been some con­fusion,” she said.

Meanwhile, it was also understood that Delana Secondary School in Levuka had one room damaged by TC Keni.

School Principal Isikeli Tuivuna said classes had resumed, and only a storage room was damaged by a fallen tree.

Commissioner Eastern Luke Mo­roivalu said they had not received any information on Delana Second­ary, but understood that St John’s College had suffered some damag­es and classes resumed yesterday.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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