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Villagers to move into new homes

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

VILLAGERS of Vunidogoloa in Cakaudrove will move into their new homes this week.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will open the new site tomorrow.

Vunidogoloa is the first village to be relocated under the climate change program.

Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said government spent about $879,000 on the relocation project.

"This cost includes the construction of the 30 houses, fish ponds and copra drier, farms and other projects we have set up in the new village site," Mr Bolalevu said.

"It is to help the villagers earn an income while living in their new village.

"The villagers can move in on Friday after the PM opens it on Thursday. "

Mr Bolalevu said government departments worked together on the Vunidogoloa project.

"The Fisheries Department is in charge of the fish ponds and the Agriculture Ministry will help the villagers with farming practices.

"All 30 houses have been fully constructed, painted and prepared well for the villagers."

Mr Bolalevu said the relocation project had been a success.

The effect of climate change has resulted in seawater flowing into the village compound during high tide.

Other villages in the North affected by rising sea level have also been considered for relocation.