6 May 2005

Two families still sheltering in northern Cooks school more than two months after cyclone

8:33 am on 6 May 2005

Two families are still seeking shelter in a school kindergarten, more than two months after Cyclone Percy hit Pukapuka in the northern Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands News reports the Red Cross team leader on the island, Levi Wale, as saying that five families had been living in the classrooms, but three of them have now gone home.

A month ago the school's headteacher appealed to the Cook Islands and New Zealand governments to clean up raw asbestos at the school.

The Red Cross says most families on the island are still using tarpaulins to shelter from the rain.