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Cyclone Damage Estimates Revealed

The total estimated cost of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston to all sectors in the Northern Division is $146,579,789. This was revealed by Ropate Rakadi a representative from Commissioner
13 Apr 2016 09:04
Cyclone Damage Estimates Revealed
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left), during a visit to Baravi Primary School in Bua. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The total estimated cost of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston to all sectors in the Northern Division is $146,579,789.

This was revealed by Ropate Rakadi a representative from Commissioner Northern’s office while briefing Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at Naulumatua House in Nabowalu, Bua on Monday.

The major cost of damage was done in the agriculture sector and the estimated amount was $91,480,004.75.

The second highest sectoral cost of damage was done to dwelling houses in Bua, Savusavu, Taveuni Island which were $39,986,531.

Then the third in the list was damages to roads, jetties and bridges.

Mr Rakadi said according to Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) assessment the estimated cost of damage was $35,300,000.

“97 per cent restoration to essential services in Northern Division to affected areas has been done,” Mr Rakadi said.

“All affected areas have received first supply of food rations and the second supply is in process.”

Northern principal agriculture officer Paula Tuione informed Mr Bainimarama that kumala cuttings and vegetable seedlings such as cabbage, bean, okra, bean, and cowpeas have been supplied to all affected villages.

“This short term food security would be harvested in few weeks time and it would be in great supply till early 2017. Our office is continuously in contact with the affected families in Bua, Cakaudrove and Taveuni Island,” Mr Tuione said.

After the briefing Mr Bainimarama advised Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea to write to the Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva requesting assistance from Republic of Fiji Military Forces territorial force (TF) personnel.

“The TF would surely be available to assist in the rehabilitation works,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Mr Vocea agreed.

Afterwards Mr Bainimarama, visited schools and villages in Bua Province that were affected by TC Winston.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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