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Engineers ready to be deployed to cyclone-hit areas

“The breadfruits are ripening and cassava (in the ground) was edible but in a stage of deterioration,” Matokana Village headman Josefa Nadavo said indicating the village currently had limited food
18 Feb 2018 11:00
Engineers ready to be deployed to cyclone-hit areas

“The breadfruits are ripening and cassava (in the ground) was edible but in a stage of deterioration,” Matokana Village headman Josefa Nadavo said indicating the village currently had limited food supplies.

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Engineer­ing unit is ready to carry out reconstruction after Cyclone Gita.

RFMF Engineers’ Operations Officer Major Sanaila Vitukalulu said they would not be part of the survey team to leave for Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa today but they would be waiting for the report on the cy­clone damage on the two islands.

A report provided by the director Fiji National Disaster Manage­ment Office (NDMO) Anare Lewe­niqila said 10 houses were totally destroyed and 26 partly damaged.

Mr Leweniqila said the Pro­vincial Administrator (PA) Lau, Eliki Masa, flew to Ono-i-Lau with a team to conduct the initial damage assessment.

The team to conduct the detailed assessment would leave today on the Government vessel Iloilovatu.

Speaking from Matokana vil­lage, Ono-i-Lau yesterday village headman Josefa Nadavo said they had limited food supplies.

“The breadfruits are ripening and cassava (in the ground) was edible but in a stage of deteriora­tion,” Mr Nadavo said.

He said shops had no food supply as there had been no vessels call­ing at the island for weeks.

Mr Leweniqila said a team from the Ministry of Agriculture would also be going to carry out the detailed damage assessment to the plantations.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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