Opinion

Govt Home Help To Bring Smiles For More Winston Victims

The work to rebuild after severely damaging Tropical Cyclone Winston continues. For those living in our cities it is easier to forget how much damage Winston did. But in many
06 Apr 2017 10:27
Govt Home Help To Bring Smiles For More Winston Victims
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The work to rebuild after severely damaging Tropical Cyclone Winston continues.

For those living in our cities it is easier to forget how much damage Winston did.

But in many of those worst hit rural areas the work to recover goes on.

Families who had been left out of the first and second phase of the Help for Homes initiative by Government will get assistance from next week.

It will certainly come as a relief for those who have endured living in tents or with extended families.

Take Bua. This is a province rich in natural resources and increasing economic activity. Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston brought havoc to the growing province. It suddenly took a step back when homes, shops and buildings were either partially or completely damaged.

When severe TC Winston struck on February 20 last year there was flooding at Bua Hospital. The villages of Waitabu in Nabouwalu and Tacilevu in Bua were reported to have been inundated with seawater.

Last year during a briefing, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was informed that 1650 homes were destroyed during TC Winston and 3716 homes were partially damaged in the Northern Division.

Lives changed in an instant as people had to come to grips with losing their homes, farms, and some their loved ones.

But the resilience displayed by the people of Bua has been inspiring. Like many in other affected parts of Fiji, some in Bua did not wait around for Government help to get their lives back on track.

For those who do, help is finally at the door.

Bua is not the only area left out from the first two phases of the massively challenging rebuild. Parts of Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, the Yasawa group and Cakaudrove will all receive their assistance.

For those families who have already begun rebuilding their homes, a  refund scheme is available.

For everyone there is further reassurance they will not be forgotten.

 

Feedback: losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj



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