The National Disaster Management Office, NDMO, is ready to launch a mass repatriation exercise for evacuation camps at Rove and the FOPA Village at the end of this week.
The Rove Evacuation Centre in West Honiara and the FOPA Village Centre in East Honiara are the last remaining shelters for a number of families who were homeless after the floods in April this year.
NDMO Chief Operations Officer George Baragamu told SIBC News today, saying NDMO will do the repatriation exercise as soon as it receives funding from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.
“We should be doing that mass repatriation at the end of this week. Now that difficulty we have is that we are still yet to access funds but we are hopping that by sometimes today or if not tomorrow morning we’ll be able to get the funds from the Ministry of Finance to help us carry out this masa repatriation exercise.”
The Chief Operations Officer also said the remaining families should get ready for the exercise while NDMO is waiting for the funds to assist with the repatriation exercise.
“Whilst the National Disaster Management Office is trying its best to access the funds for this major repatriation I think the message that needs to be put out is for those who wish to be repatriated you have to get ready because as soon as we can access the funds will start repatriating.”