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Erosion worries headman

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, January 04, 2014

JOSUA Dainiteri was born on Bau in 1949. The village headman or turaga-ni-koro has spent most of his life on Bau.

He is testament to the changes that have been happening on the island.

Mr Dainiteri said he had witnessed the change in the size of the waves that have been hitting the island.

"It's bigger in the last five years," Mr Dainiteri said.

"We never had to worry about sea water coming onto the land," said Mr Dainiteri.

"But now, the waves are bigger and with the original sea wall gone, sea water comes onto the land.

"This is something very worrying. I have heard of what happened in islands like Kiribati.

"We certainly do not want such things to happen to our little island."

There is good news for the people of Bau Island. The government has approved for a contractor to build a sea wall.

The project will involve the construction of a wall 1.5 metres high and almost 500 metres in length.

The project will encompass the laying of gabions on the seabed.

This will help in reducing the impact of the waves of the side facing the wind. Mr Dainiteri said people of the island were eagerly awaiting the project.