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Sea level rise affects village

Avinesh Gopal
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

THE effects of climate change have become evident in some parts of Tailevu.

People living near Nukumasia beach at Kiuva-i-Ra in Bau, Tailevu said they felt the effects of climate change every day.

Kiuva-i-Ra Village spokesman Seremaia Waqainabete said villagers noticed the rise in the sea level about five years ago.

"The shoreline was about 30 metres away at most places from where it is right now," he said.

"When I was a small boy, I remember playing under the trees near the beach. But the trees have gone now and the sea has taken over the place."

Mr Waqainabete said there was a white sandy beach at Kiuva Point once but it was no more.

He said the marine life in the area were also affected.

"We were once famous for seafood as we could get everything and of a reasonable size before but we can't get that catch now.

"During my school days, I only used to take cassava from home and pick some seafood on the beach for lunch. But you can't get anything on the beach like that now."

He said there were other factors that contributed to the shoreline in Kiuva-i-Ra extending about 30 metres from its original spot.

"It will hurt me if we are made to move from here to some other place at one time or another because of the rising sea level," he said.

Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said the villagers should follow the proper channel through the bose ni tikina to voice their concerns.

"We see the priority areas when it comes through the tikina meetings and then it is put to the government for budget," he said last night.