8 Feb 2005

More damage reported in Cooks after Cyclone Meena

4:35 pm on 8 February 2005

Further reports are coming in of damage caused by cyclone Meena to the Cook Islands.

The deputy police commissioner, Maara Tetava, says checks are continuing on structures such as bridges, buildings and roads to assess what state they're in.

He says as well as blown off roofs on Aitutaki, it's now known that a bridge to one of the lagoon resorts is damaged, and many of the island's banana, coconut and breadfruit trees are down from the high winds.

The deputy commissioner says the harbour on Mangaia has been damaged but the road to the airport, as well as parts of the runway, should be cleared of debris by now.

Mr Tetava says these are initial reports only.

"We have the Ministry of Works carrying out an assessment, a full assessment, and we should have that report later on. An assessment team will be formed who will actually go out and physically do an assessment of all the damages on the outer islands."

Maara Tetava says the cabinet is giving public servants two days off to help with the clean up process as well as put funds aside for the recovery.

And, he says there is to be a national day of prayer this Sunday.