2 Dec 2003

Fears in Fiji over the safety of housing estate buildings outside Suva

3:31 pm on 2 December 2003

There are increasing fears in Suva that four story buildings in one of the city's most overcrowded housing estates could collapse.

Officials with the semi autonomous, Public Rental Board, which runs the housing estates, has held meetings with residents over the past six months.

But many are reluctant to move to allow the building to be demolished so that new estates can be built.

There is a serious shortage of housing in Fiji's capital, making it difficult to find new accommodation.

The regional news agency, Pacnews, reports that there is evidence of cracked cement bolts, and corroding steel structures at the buildings in Raiwaqa.

As many as three to four thousand people live in the one room flats.