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Initial damage in West well over $100m

February 22, 2016 11:48 pm

Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau says they have completed a few assessments regarding the damage sustained in the Western Division from Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

FBC News reporter Maggie Boyle is in the West and filed this report:

“We’ve just had a briefing with the Commissioner West Manasa Tagicakibau and he says there have been some rapid assessments done with regards to the damage to the various sectors in order to help the government who are talking to donors with regards to assistance."

“We understand that in education alone, and this is only covering 60% of the total schools that have been damaged, the initial damage assessment comes in at $2.3m."

“For the sugar industry there has been a rapid assessment and it stands at $83 million.”

“The Commissioner says this information came in last night and the government is talking to the Chinese government on the assistance they can provide with regards to the sugar sector.”

“The Water Authority of Fiji’s assessment came in at $1.2 million with the FEA still carrying out their assessment.”

“It’s been 72 hours since TC Winston affected the country and the relief efforts are in full force.”

“Access to Rakiraki has been made possible with the Yaqara Bridge now open – the FRA contractors worked on the bridge last night and put in a temporary measure to be able to allow light vehicles to cross that bridge.”

“The focus will move to the maritime zones like Yasawas, Malolo and Vatulele.”

“There is a Fiji navy vessel that is being stocked with relief supplies.”

“The Commissioner says they expect the vessel to leave this afternoon or the latest tomorrow along with personnel.”