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Situation in Kadavu normalises: Commissioner Eastern

May 2, 2018 1:02 am

The situation in Kadavu is normalising three weeks after Tropical Cyclone Keni, a category three severe storm made landfall on the island.

Commissioner Eastern, Luke Moroivalu, says the emergency response and immediate recovery work is complete.

Moroivalu who is currently in Kadavu says government officials based on the island are now working with community members across the 75 villages on the next phase.

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The Commissioner says their priority is to ensure there is no outbreak of disease which is common in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

He says the reconstruction phase is also being worked on with agriculture and housing the most affected sectors.

On the cost of damage, Moroivalu says the figures are now being finalised with the National Disaster Management Office.

The Commissioner also notes than 200 homes on Kadavu were completely destroyed with over 600 sustaining some structural damage.

Around 10 schools sustained significant damage and plans are being worked out to roll out the reconstruction.

Meanwhile a major landslide occurred this morning at the approach to the Vunisea jetty after heavy rainfall last night.

Commissioner Moroivalu says the landslide has blocked the entire main road delaying the ferry service by several hours with commuters stuck on the other side.

One lane has since been cleared by the Fiji Roads Authority enabling commuters to catch the ferry back to Viti Levu.

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