ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Post-Tsunami Reconstruction Project will revive the living standards of the population affected by the tsunami through the reconstruction of residential houses. Newly relocated communities are still vulnerable as they seek to rebuild in the 2010 cyclone season and as such the reconstruction and rehabilitation of houses is a high priority. These cyclone-resistant houses will reduce the communities' vulnerability not only to tsunamis but also to future climatic hazards such as storm surges and heavy rainfall. Rainwater harvesting features on the house will also support resilience to drought and lessen the demand on the limited island water source, increasing its sustainability. The project consists of four components:
Cyclone-Resistant Housing Construction
The construction and supervision of 85 units of low-cost cyclone-resistant housing in Niuatoputapu to replace completely damaged houses, as well as associated consulting assignments and ancillary works (water and sanitation). These housing units will be built on land specifically allocated by the government for this purpose. The new residential houses will be built to cyclone category four standards and located on higher ground in areas close to original sites following close community consultation.
Retrofitting of partially damaged housing and buildings
Financing of construction materials and small works for the upgrading of about 60 partially damaged houses, small enterprises buildings and community halls.
Strengthening of Disaster Risk Management
Providing equipment for hazard and risk information assessment and institutional strengthening for the Ministry of Land Survey and Natural Resources. This will also involve financing the preparation of community disaster risk management plans in Niuatoputapu.
This component will finance the Project Management Unit, which will carry out management and coordination of project activities, financial management and accounting, procurement, monitoring and reporting.