Construction of Welagi Evacuation Centre Progressing Well
(MRMD&DM Media Team)
Construction of the Welagi Evacuation Centre in Taveuni is progressing well, says Director National Disaster Management, Mr Manasa Tagicakibau.
The project was identified to assist the people of Welagi with immediate basic needs as well as other immediate assistance in anticipation of a disaster.
Mr Tagicakibau added the project was initiated by the community in consultation with Government to mitigate disaster risks.
“Construction of the 1st phase has been completed which includes site levelling, construction of access to the evacuation centre and landslide mitigation around the evacuation centre.
“More than $50,000.00 has been spent by the community to start the project while Government has agreed to partner and assist the community complete the project.
“We have committed a sum of $188,000.00 to ensure the successful completion of the project,” Mr Tagicakibau said.
He further stated that all materials have been bought and shipped to Welagi which included a power generator that will provide backup power supply at the evacuation centre and also assist in the construction work.
Mr Tagicakibau stated that Government is committed in reducing the vulnerability of people and their communities to disasters which can only be done through mitigation.
The project has been earmarked to be completed before the cyclone season this year.
The completion of the project will allow the 54 households of more than 300 population of Welagi find shelter in any event of disaster whether natural or manmade.