3,360 Houses Destroyed, 5,846 Damaged By Fiji Cyclone

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Death toll remains at 43, 53,630 remain in evacuation centers

By Losalini Bolatagici

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, March 2, 2016) – The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has confirmed that 3360 houses were destroyed by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston while 5846 houses have been partly damaged.

Director Akapusi Tuifagalele said the figures were expected to increase as assessment in affected areas progressed.

According to Mr Tuifagalele, the damage caused by Severe TC Winston was really extensive compared with TC Evan in 2012 and it would mean more rehabilitation work for Government.

"Similar to what happened in 2012, we covered rehabilitation in dwelling houses, if I read correctly, there were more than 1500 houses repaired and constructed — the figures could double or triple," Mr Tuifagalele said.

However, he said, rehabilitation work and planning would start once the 30 days declaration period was over after Government has able to ascertain how much damage was on the ground.

Meanwhile, evacuees billeted in centres around the country 10 days after Severe TC Winston ravaged Fiji have decreased to 53,630 from the 54,615 evacuees recorded on Monday.

The number of evacuation centres has increased to 927 from the 899.

Mr Tuifagalele said the Central and Western Divisions recorded an increase while the other two divisions had the number of evacuees drop. The death toll remains at 43.

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