MINISTER SERUIRATU COMMISSIONS TUTUKARI VILLAGE
After more than 5 years of living in temporary housing, the community of Tukuraki in the highlands of Fiji are today celebrating as they move into their newly built, disaster resilient village.
The community was devastated in 2012 as a landslide buried 80 per cent of their village and tragically took the lives of a young family including a toddler and a baby.
The community were forced to relocate to temporary homes as they were at risk of further landslides and in the midst of recovering from the landslide, the community was hit by Cyclone Evan only 10 months later and Winston last year.
As a result, the Fiji Government deemed relocation for the inland community an urgent priority and approached the Pacific Community (SPC) to support in this work.
Today, 11 homes and a community hall built to category five cyclone standards was officially opened by the Minister for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu .
together with homes and the hall, a fish pond, a honey farms, and poultry farms to assist villagers in income generation.
[Information sourced from here]