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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."

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