NINETEEN families in Yadua Village were handed new homes worth $400,000 on Friday as part of the government's cyclone rehabilitation and relocation program on the island.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama reminded the people of Yadua during the handover that they were situated on the path of tropical cyclones.
Commodore Bainimarama said it was important that villagers consider these issues before constructing their houses.
"E bibi na noda vakarautaki keda ena gauna ni leqa tubu koso ka dodonu me vakayadrata na nodatou tuvatuva ni veivatorocaketaki me laurai me da tara na vale vinaka ka kaukauwa me tudei ena gauna ni cagi laba (We need to take precautions before the strike of national disasters and ensure that we construct stable homes that can withstand cyclone winds," he said).
"E dodonu talega me laurai me ra vadaberi vamatau ka me kua ni vakayavalati vakarawarawa na noda vale ena gauna e dau tubu vakasauri mai kina na ua (You should ensure that your houses are constructed in sheltered areas so that they can be safe during tropical cyclones).
"E dodonu me tuva vakamatau na nodai tuvatuva ni veivatorocaketaki me salavata kei na vei leqa tubu koso tale eso e dau sala vata kaya (It is important that you take these issues into account before making any development plans)."
Commodore Bainimarama reminded the people of Yadua that they needed to cultivate crops that were resistant to bad weather especially those that could be preserved for long after the aftermath of a tropical cyclone.
"Na rai oqo e salavata kei na gagadre ni matanitu me vaka na ka e virikotori ena yavu ni vakavulewa vou me baleta na noda tiko vinaka ka varautaki na wai ni gunu vinaka savasava (This rehabilitation project is in line with government's intention under the new Constitution to ensure that our people are prosperous and have access to clean drinking water).
"Sa tu talega na gagadre me da vakavulici na leweni vanua me da lewenivanua yalomatua ka qaqa me da rawa ni kauwaitaka na nodra tiko vinaka na noda kawa ena veisiga ni mataka (The government also intends to teach the people of Fiji to be knowledgeable and strong for the sake of our future citizens)."