Government will not rebuild new homes in illegal settlements for those left homeless by Tropical Cyclone Evan.
This was revealed by Provincial Development Minister Colonel Inia Seruiratu whose ministry is responsible for DISMAC.
He said it was important to note that government would only rebuild new homes in villages and for people residing on leased land.
"The government will not build new houses on illegal settlements," Col. Seruiratu said.
"New houses will only be built for those in the villages and those that have secured tenancies," he said.
DISMAC director Manasa Tagicakibau said that damaged houses verification was completed by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and repairs were scheduled to begin soon.
He also maintained government would only rebuild demolished homes with secure lease agreements and homes in villages .
"There are two categories of assistance, one is for the partially destroyed homes and the other is the totally destroyed houses," Mr Tagicakibau said.
"The government will assist in rebuilding partially damaged houses located in villages, secure leaseholds and those on vakavanua agreements where settlement was agreed to by the landowners for the occupants to build homes. For municipalities, the government will only assist affected residents that earned less than $20,000 in income per year," he said.
Mr Tagicakibau also revealed the government was liasing with some non-government organisations to assist the less fortunate residing in squatter settlements.
"Repairs to partially damaged homes will start soon while those that have their homes totally destroyed will be issued with temporary shelters.
"Families affected by TC Evan are requested to be patient as the government together with NGOs are working tirelessly in assisting the affected residents," he said.