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Damage a blow to industry

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, December 24, 2012

ONE of the sugar industry's most iconic buildings, the South Pacific Fertiliser storage shed could be demolished once a survey by engineers currently underway is completed.

Sugar Ministry permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi told this newspaper that because of substantial structural damage sustained during Tropical Cyclone Evan last Monday, a section of the shed was blown open, exposing raw material to the elements.

"A huge amount of raw material dissolved as a result of the damage, somewhere in the vicinity of hundreds of thousands of tonnes," he said.

"This is a big blow to the industry and coupled with the fact that engineers that are scrutinising the building have declared it unsafe in their preliminary investigations. We may have to demolish the building," he said.

This newspaper's roving photography team spotted the huge hole while conducting a survey of Lautoka City last Monday afternoon during a lull in the storm.





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