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Long wait for assistance tires villagers

Serafina Silaitoga
Sunday, January 20, 2013

VILLAGERS of Wainigadru in Cakaudrove have grown tired of waiting for the Hurricane Tomas housing assistance that was promised to them in 2010.

The villagers raised their concern during a visit to the village by The Fiji Times team last week saying those affected have been living with relatives for the past years.

The housing materials were delivered to the village last year and have been piled by the main road at Wainigadru until today.

Village headman Bonefasio Driti said they had asked government officials (who usually visit the village to check on the housing materials) if the villagers could be given the material to build their own houses since it has been on the road side from last year.

But, Mr Driti said the villagers have been told to leave the housing materials alone.

He said the housing assistance matter has also been made known many times to government officials during district meetings and the villagers were always assured their houses would be built soon.

Mr Driti said they had also visited government departments to inform officials of the housing need by families who lost their homes in 2010 but nothing had been done.

However, divisional planning officer northern Alipate Bolalevu said the construction of the new houses at Wainigadru Village would begin this year.

The delay, he said was because more materials like timber were needed.

He said $2million had been given for the Hurricane Tomas housing assistance.

"We need to ensure that all the housing materials are available before we can construct the houses in the villages of Macuata and Cakaudrove that were affected by Tomas.

"There are few other villages that were affected and have had their houses rebuilt. The engineers from the military will be in Wainigadru this year to build the houses."





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