Government plan to rebuild hundreds of homes destroyed in cyclone

    The government will spend TP$25 million on rebuilding houses destroyed during Cyclone Gita.

    About 560 houses were destroyed when the Category Five cyclone struck the kingdom in February.

    Cabinet has approved the Housing Reconstruction Strategy that will guide the reconstruction project.

    The project will build timber framed houses with reinforced concrete slab floors and foundations, including electricity, water and sanitation.

    People who are having their houses rebuilt will have to contribute a cash deposit of 10% towards the cost.

    They will be allowed to nominate their preferred contractor upon the approval by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

    The Ministry will supervise the project.

    Cyclone Gita was the most intense tropical cyclone Tonga has experienced.

    Tonga was the hardest hit of the Island  nations that suffered from the cyclone, with severe damage occurring on the islands of Tongatapu and ʻEua

    Two people died and 41 people were injured.

    The main points

    • The government will spend TP$25 million on rebuilding house destroyed during Cyclone Gita.
    • About 560 houses were destroyed when the Category Five cyclone struck the kingdom in February.

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