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Flooding solution

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, March 08, 2014

AMEX Resources Limited's iron sand mining project will reduce the impact of flooding at the Ba River, says Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Australian mining company's ship loading facility at Lautoka on Thursday, the PM said this complemented the government's efforts to dredge the flood-prone waterway.

"Not only will this project boost the Fijian economy and create jobs, it will also complement government's efforts to dredge the Ba Delta, thereby reducing the frequency and intensity of flooding during heavy rain and cyclones," he said.

"Within the last couple of years alone, we've suffered a number of devastating episodes.

"So the fact that this will help prevent that sort of devastation in the future is a cause for great celebration."

Lautoka, Ba and Tavua special administrator Praveen Bala echoed the PM's sentiments.

"I am not saying that Amex Resources' work at the river delta will solve our flooding issue," he said.

"But it will certainly reduce the impact of floods and that is a major boost for the people of Ba and the business community and market vendors in particular."


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