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Volunteers learn temporary shelter construction

Salaseini Vosamana
Saturday, December 29, 2012

PEOPLE whose houses were damaged by Tropical Cyclone Evan should expect a little relief now that a group of volunteers in the north have been empowered to educate them on how to build temporary shelters.

The initiative is a collaborative effort between the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with the Commissioner Northern's Office.

The organisation's regional disaster management delegate Paul Grierson said the building of such temporary shelters would sustain the livelihood of victims until their permanent houses were reinstated.

"We are training these volunteers first before they are deployed to teach the victims in most affected areas on how to build temporary shelters," Mr Grierson said.

"At least, the victims can rely on something before their houses are permanently built which takes a long time to complete. We have already trained volunteers in Nabouwalu, Bua and we are moving to Labasa."

He said 500 shelter tool kits were given by the Australian government through AusAID for victims in the Northern and Western divisions.

"The kit contains quality items such as tarpaulins, rope, handsaw, roofing nails, shovel, claw hammer, nails and machetes to name a few," Mr Grierson said.