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New start for Cylone Winston-hit Fijian village of Maniava

Posted on: December 7, 2016 2:07 PM
The team working on the dormitory rebuild includes carpenters from Suva, and labourers from Maniava.
Photo Credit: Anglican Taonga
Related Categories: cyclone, disaster, Fiji, New Zealand

[Anglican Taonga, by Lloyd Ashton] Before dawn this Saturday, two 10-wheeler trucks will rumble out of Suva, and turn north onto the King’s Road, which skirts the top of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. After a three-hour journey, the drivers of those trucks will stop to engage low gear.

Then they’ll grind their way up the last steep pitch of the track which ends at Maniava, the koro, or village, which, in February, was more or less blasted from the map by Cyclone Winston. Thirty-four of the 38 houses in Maniava were wrecked by that cyclone, whose winds were the most ferocious ever to strike Fiji.

Those two trucks will deliver the timber, the pre-nailed trusses, the cement, nails and general building supplies which will allow Maniava to begin rebuilding in earnest – and which, God willing, will see three new houses built and ready for occupation by Christmas. So they’ll be three houses down, and 31 to go.

  • Read Lloyd Ashton’s full in-depth report on the Anglican Taonga website.