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Hard-hit city springs back to life

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, December 21, 2012

DESPITE being the hardest hit, Lautoka City was back in business two days after Tropical Cyclone Evan swept through the Western Division.

Lautoka City Council special administrator Praveen Bala said this would not have been possible without the assistance of the government, security forces, corrections services and private sector organisations.

City streets littered with broken branches, broken pieces of roofing material and debris were removed literally overnight while downed electricity lines were raised and power restored within two days.

"We are open for business. Just after a massive cyclone hit our city, which many have said was one of the worst on record, Lautoka City shops opened their doors, electricity was restored within the central business district and the city streets were cleared of debris," he said.

"I would like to acknowledge the support of the military and naval officers, inmates from Natabua and Forestry Department workers that took part in the huge clean-up effort. And I would also like to acknowledge the support from Naim Construction Fiji Limited, Fairdeal Earthmoving Contractors Ltd, Construction Equipment Ltd and Punja and Sons," he added.

Mr Bala also acknowledged the assistance provided by the Fiji Roads Authority and the National Fire Authority in restoring the Sugar City back to its former glory.





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