24 Mar 2010

Cyclone damage in Fiji passes US$7m mark

4:51 pm on 24 March 2010

Preliminary assessments by Fiji's National Disaster Management Office put the damage caused by Hurricane Tomas last week at just over $7 million.

The figures are for damage incurred by the Fiji Electricity Authority and the agriculture industry but mainly to roads, with repairs expected to cost more than $4 million.

Fiji media reports the number of houses destroyed by Hurricane Tomas stands at 457 in 70 settlements across the provinces of Macuata, Cakaudrove, Lomaiviti and Lau.

The Red Cross says more than 4500 people have been assisted directly in the distribution of non-food items.