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Fiji: Army engineers build temporary classrooms in north

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Students and teachers of Boubale Indian School in Labasa are holding their classes in the recently completed temporary classrooms built by the engineers of the Fiji Military Forces (FMF).
With life picking up slowly after Cyclone Ami ravaged the Northern Division, 174 pupils of this primary school are the first to be assisted through government's rehabilitation programme which started late last month.

Divisional Planning Officer (DPO) Northern, Semi Matalau said the army engineers are also building similar temporary structures for Korotari Arya School which caters for 155 students.

"The parents, guardians, teachers and the community of these schools have been very supportive of the work being done and the soldiers have been overwhelmed by their support despite a lot of suffering by the people," Mr Matalau said.

He said phase two of the relief programme is continuing, however, he can not confirm a date for the commencement of the rehabilitation of the settlements and villagers in Vanua Levu, and the islands of Taveuni, Rabi, Kioa, Qelelevu, and Druarua.

"This will be confirmed after the Management Board meeting next week where the facts and figures pertaining to the rehabilitation programme will be finalised for villagers and settlements," said Mr Matalau.