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Evan overrides sea wall

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, December 28, 2012

THE sea wall designed to protect the coastline of Nayavutoka could not withstand the wrath of Cyclone Evan earlier this month.

Nayavutoka Village headman Pita Sokirewa Raiqisa said the sea wall constructed to protect their coastline could not withstand the cyclone.

Mr Raiqisa said most of the villagers thought they would be safe because of the sea wall that surrounded their village.

"It was hard for us to move families to the church late at night when Cyclone Evan hit Nayavutoka," Mr Raiqisa said.

"We did not expect the water to rise above the sea wall and burst into the village. Half of the houses in the villages are just located a few metres away from the coastline. We could not get our belongings as water entered our homes. All we could think of was getting our families to safety."

He said the villagers were seeking assistance from government for the extension of the sea wall a few metres above its current height.

Ra provincial administrator Sitiveni Tavaga said they were receiving requests from villagers living beside the coast of Nakorotubu for sea wall construction work.

Mr Tavaga said there were a lot of villages located close to the coastline that were in need of sea walls.

"Such projects have been on hold under the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) due to funding issues," Mr Tavaga said.

"Some of the projects were already in the pipeline under PSIP but will have to commence probably in the coming year."

He said there were eight villages in Nakorotubu that were seeking assistance for the construction of sea walls.

He said they were also urging villagers living close to the coastline to plant more mangroves to protect their coastline.





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