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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.

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