Fiji Time: 3:18 PM on Tuesday 23 December

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Nowhere to go

Nasik Swami
Saturday, December 22, 2012

MAJORITY of the people affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan will spend their Christmas in various evacuation centres still active in the Western and Northern divisions.

Disaster Management Committee director Manasa Tagicakibau said it was because majority of the houses were severely damaged.

Mr Tagicakibau said as of 8am yesterday, 6150 people were still taking shelter at 172 evacuation centres active in the Western and Northern divisions.

He said the numbers had dropped and a lot of people had also returned home.

Meanwhile, the country's agriculture sector suffered an estimated $50million damage.

Mr Tagicakibau said while aerial and ground surveys were still continuing, the government would come up with an exact figure next week. He said 15 teams consisting of five members each were in the Western Division and working with the Commissioner Western to carry out assessments.

"Intermittent reports are also coming in from all the divisions on damage sustained to the agricultural sector and we will put all figures together to come to a final figure," he said.

He said another sector that suffered major damage was the country's infrastructure.

"Government assessment teams are still conducting assessments on damage to the infrastructure," he said.

Mr Tagicakibau said the government was expediting all surveys and increasing assessment capabilities. "After the assessments are completed all data will be compiled and we will then target our efforts towards recovery," he said.