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Residents turn to creeks, boreholes

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nestled along a threekilometre dusty road, residents of a rural settlement in Vatukoula have had to survive on boreholes and nearby creeks as their only sources of water.

And a team from this newspaper visiting the area discovered that at least 10 families have abandoned their homes, unable to cope with the problems caused by the absence of such a basic amenity.

Ravi Narayan, a resident of more than 30 years, said access to water had been a major headache for years.

"We don't even have a river where we could get water from," Mr Narayan explained.

"I am fortunate because we have the borehole at home but for some of my neighbours they have to survive through other means."

He said residents in the area were concerned about health issues arising out of drinking untreated water.

He said many families abandoned their homes and moved to areas that had better amenities.

"Families that have lived here for generations have been forced to move away because they can't live in a place where there is no constant water supply or no electricity."








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