Fiji Time: 10:34 AM on Monday 27 June

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 0.63520.6162
JPY 50.164947.1649
GBP 0.36110.3531
EUR 0.44150.4295
NZD 0.69470.6617
AUD 0.65900.6340
USD 0.48880.4718

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th June 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Tui Wailevu passes on
  2. Steadfast
  3. Police probe body parts find
  4. NFP disquiet over State stance
  5. Drug-free athletes
  6. Official: No division within SODELPA
  7. VKB entries 'clear'
  8. Drug suspect held in police custody
  9. Gravel extraction worry
  10. UNIFIL MoU finalised

Top Stories this Week

  1. Hayne works on 'God's call' Friday (24 Jun)
  2. For his people Tuesday (21 Jun)
  3. 3 Flying Fijians and Tuwai march in Tuesday (21 Jun)
  4. 'Big task' Tuesday (21 Jun)
  5. Police confirm discovery at Natadola beach Friday (24 Jun)
  6. 12 families homeless Wednesday (22 Jun)
  7. 'Nothing unusual' Tuesday (21 Jun)
  8. Resignation threat Saturday (25 Jun)
  9. 2016-2017 Budget: The major drivers of economic growth Thursday (23 Jun)
  10. Rabuka in Saturday (25 Jun)