18 Mar 2003

France sends 60 specialists to New Caledonia after cyclone Erica

9:12 am on 18 March 2003

France is sending 60 specialists to New Caledonia to help in the rebuilding of the territory after it was hit by Cyclone Erica last Friday.

This comes after the government of the southern province released more than 5 million US dollars to pay for 1-thousand people to help rehabilitate the territory.

The province has formed an emergency committee to help those hit by the cyclone that brought the strongest gales seen in the territory for decades.

The committee, which is attached to the provincial government led by Jacques Lafleur, will assist in filing claims for damage caused by Cyclone Erica.

First emergency funds released immediately after the passage of cyclone, which killed two people and left more than a hundred injured.

The French minister in charge of overseas territories, Brigitte Girardin, is due to arrive in Noumea today for a 24 hour visit to look at the destruction.