Fiji Time: 5:28 AM on Tuesday 27 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Coastline breach

Ana Madigibuli
Thursday, April 10, 2014

CLIMATE change continues to devastate and challenge the lives of people living along Fiji's coastal areas.

Villages often think of relocating or building sea walls to reduce the impact of waves eroding their coastline.

For those living in the outer islands, a sea wall is only a temporary solution.

Raviravi district representative Masi Saqanavere of Beqa said the government was able to construct the Dakuni Village sea wall, which provided some relief for the villagers.

"The Nawaisomo sea wall was constructed before the Dakuni sea wall, but the Nawaisomo seawall is incomplete while the Dakuni sea wall was commissioned last year," Mr Saqanavere said.

"Now the villages of Nawaisomo feel the impact of sea level rising, with their land being slowly eroded every day."

He said during high tide, the villagers could see water slowly seeping through the Nawaisomo sea wall.

"We do not have any mangroves to protect our shorelines, so protecting it can be hard especially when we do not have the resources," Mr Saqanavere said.

"For Lalati Village, we hope a new sea wall can be constructed there or the old sea wall to be elevated, so water does not seep through like the Nawaisomo sea wall."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Ba retains title
  2. Things you didn't know about Kuridrani
  3. Hold on
  4. The television feed saga
  5. Man charged for assaulting daughter
  6. The day the sea level rose
  7. Ben to leave Waikato
  8. $150m marina plan
  9. Control outbreak
  10. Methodists focus on family life

Top Stories this Week

  1. Murders that shocked the world Tuesday (20 Jan)
  2. Facebook comments Tuesday (20 Jan)
  3. Soldier's death shocks family Tuesday (20 Jan)
  4. Breaking the silence Wednesday (21 Jan)
  5. No payout for police Wednesday (21 Jan)
  6. 'No money' in 2004 Wednesday (21 Jan)
  7. Opposition challenges PM to walk the talk Friday (23 Jan)
  8. Disappointment at late posting of graduate teachers Wednesday (21 Jan)
  9. Ten days time Thursday (22 Jan)
  10. Boy strives to make mum proud Tuesday (20 Jan)