DAMAGE REPORT NO. 5
THE NEED TO REBUILD OR REPAIR 150 HOUSES ON RABI
Received 16 June 2003
These latest photographs of the situation on Rabi have kindly been sent to us by UK photo journalist Lee Karen Stow (Lee Karen Stow © 2003 ) and show the current situation on Rabi.
Lee has recently returned from Fiji where she was reporting on the news that Blue Lagoon Cruises had secured permission to allow its passengers to visit Rabi next year on two 'historical and cultural' cruises. She felt very privileged to have been given the chance to visit Rabi also.
However she was deeply shocked at the damage rendered by Cyclone Ami in January, especially as this was not reported by the Western media. She stated that 'We had no knowledge that Fiji, let alone Rabi, was hit'.
As can clearly be seen in these photos, nothing has really been done at this stage to rebuild the damaged houses, some of which will have to be completely rebuilt.
We have begun fundraising to get some much needed rebuilding programme started as soon as possible, while the community eagerly awaits any news of some type of foreign aid to help them.
View more - Damage Report No. 1