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$11m for repairs

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, February 22, 2013

REPAIR works to completely and partially damaged homes from Tropical Cyclone Evan in the Western Division have been billed at $11.8million and is expected to increase once surveys are completed.

However, while confirming the figure, Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said the actual cost of damage would be ascertained once assessments carried out by government and military engineers were completed.

The homes in Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Nadi, Sigatoka, Yasawa and Lautoka were severely damaged or totally destroyed when TC Evan hit the west of the country in December last year.

According to figures released by the Commissioner Western's office, a total of $1.9million will be spent for Rakiraki Town to repair damaged homes while $1.7million would be spent to repair damaged homes in Tavua.

Ba Town has a total cost of about $1.4million while Nadi Town suffered damage with the bills pegged at $449,000.

For Sigatoka Town, State engineers said repair works would cost about $1.4million while Lautoka City has recorded $2million worth of damage.

The area that recorded the most damage was the Yasawa Group with government assessing that the islands would need about $2.8million for repairs to all homes.

Cdr Cawaki said $4million of State funds had been set aside to ensure that homes were rebuilt and fixed.

He said the remaining figure would be provided with the assistance of non-government organisations.

"Squatter settlements are also included in our list.

"We call them shelter clusters and for these people, non-government organisations have been tasked with assisting them," said Cdr Cawaki.

Although the assessment took weeks to complete, he said the updated figure was still expected to increase.

"Our military and Department of Works engineers have yet to complete their assessments.

"Especially in Lautoka and Nadi, they are still carrying out their survey and once that is completed, we will have a complete figure.

"So right now, we are expecting that $11.8million to increase," said Cdr Cawaki.





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