24 Dec 2004

Marshalls main government building shows cracks

2:16 pm on 24 December 2004

The Marshall Islands government is considering ways to repair the administration's main building after cracks appeared on the top floor.

The four-story capital building in Majuro is 11 years old and the cracks were spotted during maintenance work when the carpet was peeled back.

Government officials are consulting New Zealand engineers to determine the extent of the problem.

The government is expecting a report in the next few days from an engineer with the New Zealand-based engineering firm Beca International who recently assessed the problem.

The public works minister, Mattlan Zackhras, says the building is not unsafe but he adds that to fix corrosion will be costly.