Fiji chief says no safety plan for upcoming cyclone season

Villages in remote Fiji say they don’t have a safety plan in place to prepare for the upcoming cyclone season. Cyclone Winston killed eight people on Koro Island in February and destroyed most of its houses. Many villages are moving coastal homes to higher ground, and although building supplies are now arriving, they are awaiting land clearing, piping and drainage work to be done before they build. The chief of Naqaidamu village, Niko Komainavoka, said the whole village crammed into one concrete house during the cyclone and they may have to do the same again. “Safety plan is rebuilding what we’ve got right now, we have to have a safe house just in case the hurricane season comes.

fiji-cylAt the moment there’s no safe house, maybe there’s a concrete house there, just fix it up and stay there,” he said. Niko Komainavoka said progress had been slow in his village and the tents they are living in are now leaking.