THE future is expected to change for Vunikawakawa villagers in Wailevu after the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama ordered the construction of a bridge in the area.
Speaking during a talanoa session with Wailevu villagers in Labasa on Wednesday, Commodore Bainimarama instructed the military's engineering department at Sukanaivalu barracks to construct the much-needed bridge.
Commodore Bainimarama told officers present at the session the bridge needed to be constructed as soon as possible.
Vunikawakawa villager Meliki Radaliga told Commodore Bainimarama four people had died in the past after attempting to cross flooded waters.
"We have been requesting for government's intervention for 10 years now," he said.
"When the river floods, our children are stranded in the village for the duration of the flood. We are seeking intervention from the government as these problems have greatly affected us."
Mr Radaliga also highlighted the need for proper water supply in the village.
"Our people do not have proper water supply and we are drinking from the river.
"We are worried that this may affect the health of the villagers."
Commodore Bainimarama ordered the North WAF office to conduct a quick survey and have a report submitted in order to address the issue.