TC Winston

Timber shortage looms as Fiji looks to rebuild

There may not be enough timber in the country to complete the rebuilding of structures damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The Director of the Natural Disaster Management Office(NDMO), Akapusi Tuifagalele told the media today that we may experience a timber shortage in the coming weeks, information he said has come from assessments conducted by Ministry of Fisheries […]

Peni Shute

March 16, 2016 4:40 pm

There may not be enough timber in the country to complete the rebuilding of structures damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Director of the Natural Disaster Management Office(NDMO), Akapusi Tuifagalele told the media today that we may experience a timber shortage in the coming weeks, information he said has come from assessments conducted by Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry.

The assessment is based on on the number of houses that have been destroyed or damaged by TC Winston.

As of today, the Ministry of Forest have indicated that the number of houses that will be needed to be repaired and also to be rebuilt, based on the data that has been given, the timber that we have here in Fiji will not be enough.

Director Tuifagalele added the government through the Ministry of Forests are looking at requesting assistance from overseas to address this problem.

First of all we have to meet our local supplies and second to the surplus that is required now, so the rehab will take months and into years and based on that we would definitely need extras, working with our overseas counterparts.

New Zealand is one of those counterparts government is hoping will assist them during this time of crisis as they did following damage caused by Cyclone Evan in 2012.

The Ministry of Forest through the NDMO is expected to give an update on this situation this Friday.

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