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Temporary village for Edgecumbe residents

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/05/2017

Temporary homes will be put up on the Whakatane Holiday Park to house flood-stricken Edgecumbe residents while their properties are repaired, the government has announced.

Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith says the first temporary homes arrived this week.

"We are working with the council to have the temporary village operational next month," he said on Thursday.

"These complement other housing options... the total initiative will include about 30 temporary homes."

More than 250 homes were damaged when the Rangitaiki River broke its banks last month, and more than 90 people have registered for temporary accommodation.

Dr Smith says over 2800 Civil Defence payments totalling more than $722,000 have been made to help people with food, clothing and bedding.

The government has also allocated $500,000 of Enhanced Taskforce Green funding to employ people to help with the clean-up.

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