MORE than two weeks has passed since Tropical Cyclone Evan left a trail of destruction in the Western Division.
However, rehabilitation works continue to be carried out by local authorities. The following is a rundown of the costs of repair works that has been carried out so far by government departments and municipal councils in towns that bore the full brunt of Tropical Cyclone Evan last month. The figures were confirmed at an operational meeting of heads of government departments in Lautoka last week.
A total of 33 homes were severely damaged with restoration works set to cost government $528,000. More than 80 per cent of the town has been cleaned up, while electricity supply has been restored to 86 per cent of affected areas and water supply to homes have been fully restored.
Ninety houses excluding business houses, schools and government quarters were either partially or completely destroyed by TC Evan and authorities have pegged the cost of repairs at $6million. 75 per cent of clean up works have been completed by authorities.
According to the Water Authority of Fiji, water supply has normalised while some areas could still experience intermittent supply.
The hardest-hit centre in western Viti Levu recorded a damage bill of $1.9million for repair works to 329 homes and buildings, excluding government-owned facilities that were either partially or completely destroyed.
According to the Public Works Department, repair works of damaged windows and roofs at the Lautoka Hospital would cost $284,000. Government quarters that were severely damaged in Lautoka would cost $879,000 to repair and a few houses along Tagimoucia St have been deemed structurally unfit for habitation. Power supply restoration has reached 79 per cent of homes while water supply has been fully restored.
The bill for repair works to the 117 homes that suffered damage has been pegged at $523,000. Power supply has yet to normalise despite the fact that all water systems and sewer pump stations were operating normally. Four water trucks are servicing Maruru, Field 27, Tauvegavega, Benai and Korovuto.