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DISMAC calls off disaster status

Maciu Malo
Saturday, January 12, 2013

THE State of Natural Disaster period ended on Wednesday night, says DISMAC director Manasa Tagicakibau.

But rehabilitation works would continue for more than three months.

Mr Tagicakibau said Ministry of Works officials and military personnel had started with repairs.

"The RFMF has deployed 20 teams from the engineer's department to assist the ministry with repairs to damaged houses," he said.

A team from the RFMF was deployed to Yasawa yesterday morning."

Mr Tagicakibau said school repairs remained a priority for the government with more than 80 schools in the west damaged by the cyclone. "School repairs are ongoing and we are trying our best to complete all the repairs before the commencement of the school term."

He said health officials would continue with the sanitation work and spraying of compounds.

Government said it would repair houses on secure leases. In the meantime, non-government organisations are providing shelter and assistance to squatter settlements.

"The government is again reiterating that it will not repair or rebuild houses on squatter settlements," Mr Tagicakibau said.

"But on humanitarian grounds we are liaising with various NGOs on assisting affected residents living as squatters."