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Damage Costs To Increase

Damage caused by severe Tropical Cyclone Winston will increase when assessments confirm with authorities.   Transport The cost of cyclone damage on Fiji Road Authority stands at $7 million and
08 Mar 2016 11:23
Damage Costs To Increase
NDMO Director, Akapusi Tuifagalele

Damage caused by severe Tropical Cyclone Winston will increase when assessments confirm with authorities.

 

Transport

The cost of cyclone damage on Fiji Road Authority stands at $7 million and is bound to increase, says National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Director, Akapusi Tuifagalele.

However, he said all jetties were now accessible.

“The Lomaloma jetty in Vanuabalavu now has a roll on, roll off capability; the work has been completed over the weekend.

“Likewise for Natovi, Nabouwalu, Savusavu and Waiyevo they now have roll on, roll off capabilities,” he said.

Mr Tuifagalele said the cost of damage on our roads would change in days when reports from the ground were clearer.

 

Agriculture

As of yesterday, the costs of damage left by the cyclone are: sugar industry amounts to $80 million, other agricultural sectors amounts to $120 million.

 

Education

Eastern Division: $8.6 million damage mainly on the Lomaiviti Group.

The education cost of damage in Lau stands at $5.75 million.

Western Division: $3.61 million for Nadi, Lautoka and Yasawa; Ba and Tavua are $7.94 million; Nadroga was 0.37 million dollars and Rakiraki was $8.16 million.

Northern Division: $2.67 million for Cakaudrove while Macuata and Bua stands at $0.97 million.

Central Division: $0.53 million for Suva; $11.58 million for Nausori.

Mr Tuifagalele said the number of schools affected during the cyclone was 306.

“The Ministry of Education is working hard to ensure that within this week all schools are to resume classes,” he said.

Mr Tuifagalele said some changes had been made within teams carrying out work in areas affected by the cyclone like divisional commissioners, NDMO staff, the RFMF and the Fiji Police Force.

“Some staff is being relieved to allow them to restore their strength before they come again in the next few days as we are currently in the 16th day of our operations,” he said.

“For Yacata they now have two weeks water supply on the island; unfortunately the school in Yacata couldn’t start today because repair works were underway.

“In Vanuabalavu, the New Zealand Defence Force has now started work on the island; their focus has been on schools. They have also carried assessments on Cicia Island, Suisui and Namalata in Vanuabalavu.

“The water supply in the Western Division is getting back to normal.

“Water Authority of Fiji have been delivering cartage of water there if problems arise. Arrangements has been made in areas of Tavua and Ba where rations were required and additional trucks were hired by the division to cater for these people,” he said.

 

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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