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NDMO completes assessment on some sectors

March 14, 2016 6:12 pm

The National Disaster Management Office has assessed the cost of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in some sectors.

NDMO Director Akapusi Tuifagalele says an assessment of dwellings around the country has confirmed nine thousand one hundred and seventy three houses were completely destroyed.

Sixteen thousand, seven hundred and fifty-seven were damaged; while about 29,000 more were partially damaged.

So far about 9.7 million dollars has been spent on rations for storm refugees.

“Ministry of fisheries and forests the damage to their sector is about 3m 547, this is for their fisheries and forest building and projects and in terms of fisheries and forests private sector its about $14m, 552 thousand.”

Sixty-two schools were destroyed and two hundred and eighty-eight damaged.

Meanwhile, eleven schools are still being used as evacuation centres while fourteen others remain closed.

Tuifagalele has also confirmed assessments for loss of crops and livestock stand around $208.3m.

Tropical cyclone Winston has cost us millions in homes, industry, crops and livestock but the nation has shown it can handle devastating disasters, assess the damage, and has the spirit to rebuild.