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Fiji: USD 4.7m for rehabilitation

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The Public Works Department will require $4.7 million to cover its rehabilitation requirements, says Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.
Speaking during the Media Conference on Government's Relief and Rehabilitation Assistance Programme for Victims of Tropical Cyclone Ami, today, Mr. Qarase said the Fiji Electricity Authority will fund its $3.4 million.

"PWD will have to find the money from within its budgeted funds for 2003."

Cyclone AMI caused:

1. damages to roads, bridges and jetties estimated at $2.7 million;

2. damages to water and sewerage systems of $793,000;

3. damages to rural water supply systems of $1 million;

4. damages to Government buildings of $101,000; and

5. damages to electricity infrastructure of $3.4million.

Mr. Qarase said the restoration of water supply sewerage systems is being given priority.