20 Sep 2010

Hunger strike threatened over French Polynesia cyclone aftermath

1:35 pm on 20 September 2010

Victims of Cyclone Oli in the south of French Polynesia are set to go on hunger strike from tomorrow as they are unhappy with the reconstruction effort by the territorial government.

Public radio in Tahiti says the group, calling itself the Forgotten of Oli, is made up of about 100 households, whose members plan to camp outside the town hall of Tubuai.

Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed when Cyclone Oli struck last February.

The minister in charge of the reconstruction effort says nearly 100 homes have been rebuilt and that issues could have arisen around land disputes.

He says regular meetings have been held to assess the applications for housing assistance, adding that they need to comply with the rules.