SITIVENI RABUKA, the man who once introduced a strict Methodist sabbatarianism [barbarism] on Fiji's Hindus and Muslims, now says the one year anniversary service to commemorate Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston is inappropriate because thousands continue to suffer due to heavy rain, are still living in tents, and are waiting for help from FFP Government
Almost a year after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston people are still trying to rebuild their lives in the Western Division.
Shri Krishna of Qalau in Rakiraki told Fijivillage that labour cost is still a major setback for the delay to rebuild the houses.
Krishna says that more than hundred houses were damaged in his area and fifteen houses are yet to be rebuilt.
He says the labour cost is high and due to this people cannot afford to pay.
He says neighbors are trying to help each other and this takes a lot of time.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Abbas of Korotale, Rakiraki says close to 30 houses are yet to be completed in their area.
Abbas says 73 houses in Korotale and Narara were damaged during the cyclone last year.
He says some people are still struggling to rebuild their houses because the labour cost is high.
He says residents are receiving materials from the allocated hardware companies under the Help for Homes Initiative but they cannot afford to pay for labour costs as most of the people are farmers and are struggling to provide for their families after the recent flooding.
He says people get together and help each other within the communities every weekend. Source: Fijivillage News