AN estimated $10million in damage has been recorded in the Northern Division as a result of Tropical Cyclone Evan.
Divisional planning officer northern Alipate Bolalevu yesterday said this included damage to infrastructure, housing and agriculture. He said government officials were assigned to carry out rehabilitation works in most affected areas.
“The largest damage was done to agriculture with an estimated cost of $6.8million — we are urging farmers to take the lead role in rehabilitating their farms instead of waiting for government assistance.
“It’s only proper they make use of the planting material they possess and government can step in to assist them later.
“The rehabilitation process might take a while but we are doing everything we can to help people stand on their own feet again.”
Meanwhile, Mr Bolalevu said they were working closely with corporate agencies and organisations to distribute food relief and housing supplies to cater for victims for a period of time.