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Refuge halls close

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, December 22, 2012

WATER and electricity supplies were normalised in Seaqaqa on Tuesday night as some evacuees returned to their homes.

District officer Seaqaqa Akuila Logaivau said a damage assessment team had been dispatched from the Commissioner Northern's office and had begun work in the area.

"We are still waiting for relief supplies and the first people to be issued with these are families that have been staying at the evacuation centres," said Mr Logaivau.

"Five evacuation centres have been vacated as evacuees have been sent back to their homes after water and electricity were fully restored in their areas.

"The assessment teams are currently covering the four districts of Sasa, Macuata, Dreketi and Seaqaqa and other farming settlements in the Seaqaqa area."

Mr Logaivau has encouraged village heads to be responsive to the team and assist them to make their work easier for their own good.

"We need to know the number of households in each district and settlement and other facts that need to be noted down for efficient supply of relief to affected areas," said Mr Logaivau.

A report on the assessment was expected to be filed with the Commissioner Northern's office yesterday.

Meanwhile,evacuation centres at Taveuni, Macuata and Cakaudrove are still open.

More than 3000 people are taking refuge at the 55 centres designated by the government as evacuation centres.