WITH a total of 1248 homes destroyed or partially damaged by Tropical Cyclone Evan in the Western Division, the challenge to rehabilitate or build new structures would prove to be a mammoth task.
However, divisional planning officer west Luke Moroivalu revealed that engineers from the Ministry of Works and the Republic of Fiji Military Force were making headway.
Mr Moroivalu said in the first phase of rehabilitation work, $500,000 had been committed to the rebuilding of homes of which $226,694 had been used so far. "With the rehabilitation of dwellings and homes, so far we have built five brand new homes which were completely destroyed and we have supplied materials to 37 families for self-building projects. Due to the overwhelming need for assistance from across the division and our limited manpower resources, the supply of materials means that those who can rebuild themselves can go ahead," he explained.