6 Nov 2015

Blueprint for homes designed to withstand storms in Kiribati

1:44 pm on 6 November 2015

The Kiribati Red Cross is travelling to the southern island of Tamana for the next stage of its assistance to locals still recovering from Cyclone Pam.

The storm in March left many on the islands of Tamana and Arorae without shelter and basic supplies.

The Kiribati Red Cross's Ueraoi Taniera says they first visited the region in April to examine the extent of damage and the type of house that is suitable for the islands.

Now a new design, which will look like a local raised platform, has been developed, with its piles set up to 90 centimetres deep and then cemented in place.

Construction materials have now arrived in Tamana and the Red Cross is to meet with the island council to discuss its plans.

The International Federation of the Red Cross is helping fund the project.