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Formal sector housing rehab

Ana Madigibuli
Monday, January 21, 2013

WITH the initial damage assessment for the shelter cluster alone being around $21million, the government has undertaken to carry out rehabilitation housing assistance in the formal sector.

Minister for Housing Colonel Samuela Saumatua said with the government handling the rehabilitation housing assistance in the formal sector, non-government organisation would concentrate on the transitional housing assistance in the informal sector.

He said his ministry was responsible for co-ordinating the shelter cluster under the humanitarian action plan that was endorsed by Cabinet for cyclones.

"The ministry is also in the committee to review the building code and would also look into the building act," Col. Saumatua said.

"Our involvement has been appropriate due to specialisation of my various departments," he said.

"Damage by Tropical Cyclone Evan are visible on our roads, bridges, electricity power poles, water supply pipes, farms, vegetation and homes.

"We are now in the post cyclone phase, where government, NGOs and stakeholders work together to provide for response, rehabilitation and reconstruction works for social, physical and infrastructure damages sustained," he added.

Col. Saumatua said discussions generated at the engineers seminar would map a way forward and make Fiji's structures more robust and adaptable to current trends in climate change.