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Housing damage record

Salaseini Vosamana
Friday, December 28, 2012

TROPICAL Cyclone Evan destroyed a total of 239 houses and partially damaged 237 in the Northern Division.

According to the National Disaster Management Office, Cakaudrove recorded the highest number of damaged houses with 113 houses partly destroyed and 132 completely ruined.

In Bua, 84 houses were completely destroyed while 52 were partly destroyed and in Macuata, 23 houses were completely destroyed and 72 partly ruined.

Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica has assured people that rehabilitation works will proceed for the purpose of improving the lives of those affected.

He said reports of initial assessment surveys were consolidated prompting the initiation of such work.

"Repair works on partly damaged houses, classrooms and other buildings have started and we will also reconstruct those buildings that were totally destroyed during the cyclone," Lt-Col Moceica said.

"We are patriotic about rebuilding our nation and that's why we are sacrificing our family time, Christmas and weekend for those who are affected."

He said victims who needed further assistance were more than welcome to visit his offices at Macuata House in Labasa or contact them if possible.

Lt-Col Moceica earlier said they were waiting for a barge that was expected to bring in building materials.

He added construction work for houses that were completely destroyed was expected to start in January next year.


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