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Villager shares effects of seawater on his home

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, April 04, 2013

TEN years ago, Jone Biuduadua remembers seeing the sea about 12 metres away from his home at Vunisavisavi Village in Cakaudrove.

Today, seawater flows into his compound and floods the bottom of his house during high tide.

The situation has forced him to repair and replace the poles of his house twice.

"The sea level has risen so fast and it seems that every year, it rises to a metre up.

"10 years ago, I remember seeing the sea out and away from my front yard. The coconut trees I planted in front of my house are also being affected by the seawater," Mr Biuduadua said.

"I had to change the stilts of my house because the seawater corroded them and washed out the soil so I had to set the new poles on concrete and wooden slabs. It is not an easy experience for me," he said.

"Even my kitchen (which is) outside would at times have seawater seeping in so I had to pull it down before I moved to Labasa."

Mr Biuduadua moved to Labasa to take care of his children's education needs.

"I now live in Labasa but every time I come back home, it aches my heart to see my compound flooded with seawater. This happens every day and it has become a norm to see my compound filled with seawater.

"It is getting worse every year and sometimes when it is high tide, seawater seeps into the floor of the house and we also had to change that."