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Shoreline erosion

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, March 20, 2014

SALEVUKOSO villagers on Druadrua Island in Macuata have had to travel to the mainland to collect boulders to build a temporary sea wall along their shoreline.

The villagers claim the shoreline has been eroding for the past year as a result of the rising sea level.

Salevukoso development committee chairman Uraia Viaturaga said they took the initiative to collect rocks from the mainland and the sea to build a sea wall.

"The rising sea level was never an issue here before, but now three houses continue to be affected daily," he said.

"Those families continue to have sleepless nights because the high tide usually reaches their houses.

"What used to be a beautiful shoreline is now becoming an environmental disaster. We fear that one day, the rising sea level will wipe away our village."

Mr Viaturaga said they made several requests at past district council meetings for assistance but had yet to receive word from the authorities.

"The dredging unit visited us in the past but they haven't gotten back to us.

"We have been raising our concerns at district meetings but no one has come back to us with an answer. We humbly request the authorities and the Prime Minister to help us in whatever way before our shoreline is completely washed away."

Provincial administrator Josefa Rokonai yesterday said the village was among other coastal villages marked for assistance.

He said they had proposed the construction of sea walls at these villages; the projects will be discussed at the upcoming Macuata Divisional Development Board meeting.








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