SEVENTY one-year-old Sugrim is thankful to the government for rebuilding his new home at Lovu in Lautoka.
Mr Sugrim's home was destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Evan last year. We met the Lautoka taxidriver at his home during a visit organised by the Ministry of Information, where members of the media were updated on the rehabilitation program in the west. He said he was grateful for the quick response by the government to rebuild his home.
"I was shocked to see Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama personally visit my place just after the cyclone and promised to assist my family," Mr Sugrim said.
"This is the first time for any prime minister to personally come to my place," he said.
"A few days later, more government officials visited my place and started with the assessment work and later built my new home.
"In addition, I was given a water tank by the district officer in Lautoka since water supply is one of the main problems in this area.
"The new home is expected to be completed in the coming days and I thank the government for the assistance."
Lautoka district officer Ruth Atu said home construction and rebuilding had started in Lautoka with four homes being completed.
"We have hired contractors to assist in the rebuilding of homes and for those homeowners that wanted to repair their homes were supplied with building materials.
"The rehabilitation work is progressing well and most members of the community have also been assisted with food ration distributions."