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500 homes qualify

Maciu Malo
Friday, January 11, 2013

THE Fiji National Provident Fund officers inspected 747 houses in Lautoka in three days since the commencement of property assessments.

Divided into teams, officers began the survey in the morning and finished work as late as 9pm every day.

In its report submitted to the Commissioner Western's office in Lautoka, more than 500 house owners qualified for the $1000 assistance scheme that was opened up to help those affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said a verification team was working on collecting data and the compilation of a detailed report.

"A point highlighted by the team is the increase in the number of forms received by the district officers after the teams were re-deployed to other areas," he said.

"Focus is also set on the restoring of power supply in rural areas between Ba and Rakiraki with 10 private contractors also being engaged to fast track the exercise.

"Efforts will be concentrated on the distribution of additional food rations with rehab and reconstruction phase now slowly gaining momentum.

"At the same time verifications will still continue based on applications and requests that have been received by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces engineers."





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