A TOTAL of 1163 evacuees still remain in evacuation centres as they wait for the green light from the health ministry to return to their homes.
National Disaster Management director Pajiliai Dobui said those evacuees included those whose homes had been completely destroyed by floods.
"As we speak, we have 22 centres still open in Sigatoka and Nadi and these are housing 1163 people whose homes have either been completely destroyed by the floods or are still unfit for human habitation," Mr Dobui said.
He said DISMAC was working with the health ministry to ensure the safety of the homes.
"Some of these homes still have sanitation issues from the floods and we are waiting for the Ministry of Health to clear them before the evacuees can return," said Mr Dobui.
He said the Health Ministry's assessment would also decide if the homes could be used again and if government assistance was needed to rebuild the homes.
"Once the Ministry of Health has cleared the homes, government will see where assistance is needed however, there weren't that many homes destroyed by the floods," Mr Dobui said.
He said the evacuees were still being supplied with rations by the government and would continue to be so until they could return to their homes.
He added the total number of homes destroyed would be known after detailed assessments were completed.