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People seek help

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, February 02, 2013

VILLAGERS of Tailevu have been seeking assistance from government on the construction of seawalls to protect their coastline from rising sea level.

Acting Tailevu provincial administrator Semi Kuru said many villages were facing coastline erosion with some trying to relocate as a result of water entering their homes at high tide.

The affected villages are Namuka, Dakuinuku, Nananu, Kumi and Naigani.

"The seawall demand is huge for Tailevu Province, but the people have to raise their issues through provincial council meetings so that they can be addressed by the government," Mr Kuru said.

"I visited Namuka Village in Bau this week which was recently visited by the Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Captain Timoci Natuva last week.

"They raised their concerns about sea level rise with the minister, so we had to visit them to see the problem for ourselves.

"Many of those living close to the coastline are vulnerable to coastline erosion and natural disasters such as tsunamis."

Mr Kuru said the seawall construction projects were mainly looked after by the Lands and Water Resources Management (LWRM).

"We have to visit Namuka Village again with the LWRM team in order for them assess the area," he said.

"Government completed a project on Qoma Island last year."