Fiji Time: 10:08 AM on Thursday 19 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Dredging request

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

VILLAGERS of flood-hit Semo on the Queen's highway would like the Semo River dredged to reduce flooding.

They made the request to Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama last weekend during his tour of flood-affected areas in the Western Division.

The PM said the difficulty would be in freeing up barges committed to other areas, adding it would be difficult to transport dredging equipment up the Semo River.

"Dredging can only be done at the mouth of the Semo River," he said.

"We will have to look at the order of priorities of where our dredges are being used to look at the possibility of making one available to dredge the mouth of the river."

Semo Village has been identified as one of the most flood-prone areas in the Western Division.

About 300 people were evacuated from the village during the two floods in 2012 and also during the heavy rainfall that caused flooding last week.

Commodore Bainimarama said a permanent solution was for the village to be relocated to higher ground situated across the Queen's Rd from where the community is currently located.

Work on relocation is scheduled to be conducted this year.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62160.6026
JPY 56.252053.2520
GBP 0.37470.3667
EUR 0.42150.4095
NZD 0.69810.6651
AUD 0.63540.6104
USD 0.49790.4809

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 17th, October, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Return title, FSC told
  2. Wasteland
  3. Stench of rotting whale unbearable for commuters
  4. ILO: Prioritise discussions on job creation
  5. Pesticide warning
  6. 'Stand up to norms'
  7. Flotsam and Jetsam
  8. Focus on gender action plan
  9. Diwali messages of unity
  10. Vendors play crucial role

Top Stories this Week

  1. Man allegedly hit by bulldozer blade, dead Tuesday (17 Oct)
  2. Final in mind Monday (16 Oct)
  3. 30 officers dismissed from force Friday (13 Oct)
  4. Faith, a true survivor against all odds Tuesday (17 Oct)
  5. $8m drugs seized Friday (13 Oct)
  6. Villagers pass around eTransport card Monday (16 Oct)
  7. Plans for Bati Sunday (15 Oct)
  8. Unsolved mystery of MV Joyita Sunday (15 Oct)
  9. Bati visits Ra villages Tuesday (17 Oct)
  10. Young lass laments mom's demise from cancer Monday (16 Oct)