4 Jan 2013

Authorities working to get cyclone-hit schools ready

1:17 pm on 4 January 2013

Authorities in cyclone-hit Samoa and Fiji are now focused on getting schools ready for the start of the school year at the end of January.

Schools in the Pacific countries have been used as evacuation centres, but many were also badly damaged by Cyclone Evan when it hit almost three weeks ago.

In Samoa, the 700 remaining evacuees are to return home over the next couple of days so that schools can be cleaned.

A spokesperson for National Disaster Management says plans are being made for those students who attend schools that were damaged.

Manasa Tagicakibau, director of Fiji's National Disaster Management Office, says an assessment and costing for the rebuilding of homes is being completed on Friday, but school rehabilitation is the priority.

Mr Tagicakibau says he can't yet say how much that will cost.