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$13m for 725 homes

Jone Kalouniviti
Friday, February 07, 2014

THE government has allocated $13million for the rehabilitation of 725 homes in the Western Division that were destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said the process of rehabilitating 1330 homes began last year but work had been slow as a result of a shortage of timber from suppliers.

"The delay has not only been due to the slow administering of funds but has been mostly due to the lack of timber from the suppliers," Cdr Cawaki said.

Last month 50 houses were built and, according to the schedule set out by the cyclone rehabilitation team, the progress of work was very slow.

Cdr Cawaki said Tropik Wood Industries had not been able to meet the demand for the rehab program because they had to meet their export customers' needs.

"What the government has done is to import timber, so the first batch will arrive on February 15," he said.

"Our progress in 2013 has resulted in the completion of 315 of the 815 houses that were completely damaged and 314 houses that were partially damaged around the Western Division including the Yasawas and Mamanucas."

The money allocated for a completely damaged house is $15,800, from which $3000 goes towards labour costs.