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Village to move location

Shayal Devi
Saturday, February 08, 2014

THE visit to Semo Village in Sigatoka by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama last week has accelerated relocation plans for the village.

Semo villager Rupeni Raiwalui said talks had begun on the relocation plans.

"We are ready to get the machines to start levelling the new village site which is across the road," he said.

"We are not aware of the cost at the moment because we're still awaiting engineers to survey the land.

"According to the Prime Minister, it should be anytime soon."

Mr Raiwalui said last month's flooding was the second they had experienced and they hope to be relocated before another flood hits.

He said provincial officials had visited the village to make assessments.

"They have just surveyed and found out how many houses were underwater and the crops that were damaged.

"We have 59 households in the village with more than 300 people.

"Our main concern is the relocation and we would also like to know if the river could be dredged because it is getting shallower."

Mr Raiwalui said villagers who lost belongings during the flood were requested to seek help from the Fiji National Provident Fund.

The proposed new village site is opposite the current village location.