The Australian Government will rebuild several schools in Ra and on Koro Island as part of its contribution to Fiji’s recovery and reconstruction following Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, made the announcement today while visiting Vatukacevaceva Village School with Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr Mahendra Reddy. Vatukacevaceva Village School, located just outside Rakiraki in Ra Province, is one of the schools that will be rebuilt.
Women who make up about 49 percent of the Fijian population, are the most disadvantaged and negatively affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
This is according to the Government’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment Report.
The report states the high burden of reproductive work confines women to the poorly remunerated informal sector, which leaves them with no income security to respond to the disaster.
Tropical Cyclone Winston affected approximately 540,400 people.
This included 264,000 women and girls, equivalent to 40 percent of Fiji’s population.
The macroeconomic impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji is expected to be substantial given the significant damage incurred.
This is particularly to key sectors, such as housing, transport, manufacturing, agriculture, electricity and communications.
The impact has been highlighted in the Government’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment Report which Fiji One News has obtained.
The effects of the disaster on the Agriculture Sector stands at $542 million (US$261 million).
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Masakazu Hamachi, will sign the exchange of notes for the Pacific Climate Change Centre Project under Japan’s Grant Aid Assistance today.
The estimated cost of the project is $23,000,000 (US$8.7 million).
The Solomon Islands Government most senior official responsible for the drawdown of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is very optimistic that the country will be safe and secure when the Mission concludes in June 2017.
John Wasi, Solomon Islands Government (SIG) Special Secretary to RAMSI, expressed these sentiments on SIBC’s Talking Truth radio programme last week as the Mission marks its 13th and final anniversary on 24 July before the Mission ends next year.