1 Apr 2010

Damage tally keeps rising two weeks after Cyclone Tomas hit Fiji

1:02 pm on 1 April 2010

The damage caused by cyclone Tomas in Fiji is now estimated to be about 67 million Fiji dollars, or 33 million US dollars.

The category 4 storm battered Vanua Levu and the Lau Group last month and claimed at least two lives.

The National Disaster Management Office's acting director, Pajiliai Dobui, says the agricultural sector is the worst affected, but infrastructure, health and other areas have also been impacted.

Mr Dobui says they are still finalising numbers, but have received more data from their damage assessment teams over the past days.

"The estimated [figure] is around 60 or so million [Fiji dollars]. There're some estimates at 67 million and I think it should be around 60 and 70 million."

Pajiliai Dobui expects to receive the final numbers by Monday.