KELEPI Sepitoga and his family cannot wait to relocate away from Narikoso Village in Kadavu.
Mr Sepitoga, a representative of the Narikoso Development Committee, shared his story at the annual Kadavu Provincial Council meeting that ended in Suva yesterday.
He, along with about 500 other villagers of Narikoso, will have to relocate because of the level of sea water that is seeping into their homes at high tide.
"We can't wait to relocate.
"We can't sleep well at night because we are worried that the sea water will come into our homes during high tide," Mr Sepitoga said.
"During the day, we are constantly marking the level of sea water that reaches our home and it is rising very fast."
His home is located on the red zone which is categorised by the relevant government ministries as the danger zone. "Climate change is affecting my village.
"For many years, there have been talks of solutions and now we are finally seeing evidence of the need for relocation.
"My family and other families in Narikoso are doing their part in helping the government, donors and NGOs in setting up the relocation site and we hope to move there very soon."
He warned villages situated on or near coastal areas to be wary of the impact of climate change and the effects it could bring to their families and homes.
"Be careful, be very careful. Climate change is real and we need to work together to keep our homes and families safe."
Narikoso Village is undergoing phase two of the relocation, which involves planting of mangroves and establishing proper drainage at the new site. Phase three, which is the stabilisation of land for relocation, will begin by 2015.