Fiji: Relief efforts in north into second phase: Tuisese

Relief work in the North has moved into its second phase and all those who have been affected by Cyclone Ami are being catered for.

Minister for Regional Development Ilaitia Tuisese said this today in Parliament while answering question from Labour Party member Krishna Dutt.

He said that Government has spent $5,234,102 on the purchase of relief rations for those affected by Cyclone Ami in the Northern Division.

"Mr Speaker Sir on relief rations, all people in the cyclone affected areas of the Northern Division have already been supplied with rations as covered during the first phases of relief rations distribution.

"After receiving food security assessment form the Ministry of Agriculture, my Ministry is currently progressing into the second phase of food ration distribution.

"In the Northern Division we are anticipating that the first batch of the relief rations for the second phase of food ration distribution should be with the Commissioner Northern by the middle of this month, which is August the 15th," he said.

The Ministry has also allocated $3,300,000 for the rehabilitation of houses which were totally and partially damaged in the division.

Mr Tuisese said that a total of 1,349 houses were totally destroyed and 2,594 had been partially destroyed.