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School Rehabilitation Top Priority

Seruiratu: Rehabilitation phase begins tomorrow as assessment continues. It will take between 6 to 8 weeks for power to be fully restored in Vanua Levu
27 Dec 2020 14:34
School Rehabilitation Top Priority
Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing, Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu.

Rehabilitating schools in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Yasa will be the Government’s top priority as the rehabilitation phase begins tomorrow.

That’s the assurance from Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing, Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu at a press conference in Labasa yesterday.

Mr Seruiratu said looking at the phases of works and progress within the operation emergency framework, Government was ready to transit into the rehabilitation phase.

He said schools and damaged Government property were on the priority list.

However, because there was just a few weeks until school starts, the first priority would be given to schools.

“There are a few options considered already one is to relocate some students if the start date for schools remains,” he said at Macuata House.

Schools in the Northern Division will begin classes two weeks after the remaining divisions begin theirs which is on January 18.

Other concerns

Mr Seruiratu also highlighted the following:

  • It will take nearly six to eight weeks to restore power to the whole of Vanua Levu.
  • Government was monitoring the health situation as they don’t want any outbreaks of Leptoprisis, Typhoid, Dengue and Diarrhoea or vector-born diseases
  • Working with other government departments they have kept teams on the ground in places around Vanua Levu,
  • More Water Authority of Fiji workers were deployed to the North, 11 trucks which have the carrying capacity of 10000 litres were also sent to the North,
  • There are two package plants for water treatment sent for the main river in Lekutu, Bua
  • Additionally, the Ministry of Health was working with the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that dead livestock were buried safely and sprayed
  • Assistance in water carting from Lautoka and Denarau were also available with more yachts expected to head for Vanua Levu

On the arrival of the HMAS Adelaide expected later this week, he said its personnel and crew will follow the COVID-19 protocols.

“With the new strain of COVID-19, the government is liaising with counterparts abroad to get more specific information,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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