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Villagers face relocation

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

MORE villages are being eyed for relocation as the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the country.

Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said climate change continues to be a burden for coastal communities.

He said the government had approved $100,000 for the construction of more seawalls in the new year.

"We have a four-year plan to build all the sea walls for the Beqa villages," Lt-Col Tuitubou said.

"We have completed Raviravi and Waisomo and the budget for next year has been approved, and this will continue to the other villages.

"Once we have completed that we will come to the second phase for Waisomo Village.

"Climate change has a very big impact on village settlements and on other villages, not only in Beqa. We have planned for relocation because of the severity of the rising water level."

He said a sea wall has been constructed around Bau and there were also plans for the construction of a sea wall at Naigani Island.

"We also have plans for Naigani Island and it's a serious problem, it's affected the people's lives and part of the village has been washed away.

"This year we spent $200,000 on sea walls on Beqa and next year we have already approved $100,000."