FIJI CYCLONE DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT $6 MILLION

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Biggest losses in Eastern Division

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 22, 2009) - The estimated initial Cyclone Mick damage cost for the Eastern Division stands at FJ$7.2million [US$3.8 million], the highest of all divisions.

In a report released by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Western Division came second with cost of damage at FJ$3.8million [US$2 million]. The Northern Division sustained damage at the cost of FJ$367,200 [US$190,000] and for Central Division the damage to drainage stood at FJ$289,100 [US$149,000].

[PIR editor’s note: The above figures total US$6.1 million. ]

Acting director for NDMO, Patiliai Dobui said the figures were not the final cost of damage because the report was still being collated. He said NDMO was disputing some figures brought in by the commissioners.

In the initial damage assessment report, the damage in the education sector was more than FJ$250,000 [US$129,000].

The number of primary schools affected in the Western Division stood at 23, central was 16 and none in the Northern and Eastern divisions.

The damage cost for 40 primary schools totaled FJ$214,415 [US$111,000].

The report showed that six secondary schools were damaged and cost was estimated at FJ$53,000 [US$27,400].

The NDMO office was still collating the reports from various divisions.

The cyclone, which killed four people in Fiji, weakened as it moved towards Tonga.

Cyclone Mick arrived six hours earlier than expected in Fiji and took people by surprise.

It claimed two young victims, a teenager who was swept away by floodwaters and a boy who was killed by a falling tree in Savatu Village in Nadarivatu. Two others were swept away by flood waters.

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