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Landslides plague residents

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LANDSLIDES remain the most prevalent natural disaster faced by the people of Yakete in Ba.

And, according to NGO Rise beyond the Reef executive director Janet Lotawa, issues relating to climate change are also evident in rural villages.

"Most acute are landslides which have claimed lives in the region, destroyed homes, relocated villages and caused heavy siltation in water sources," she said.

"Villagers spoke to us at length about the isolation they feel when facing such difficulties.

"A family of four died in Tukuraki Village in the 2012 storm and the community received no assistance in recovering the bodies.

"Villagers and the district school shared their frustrations about not knowing how to advocate for aid or assistance with rebuilding homes and facilities post-storm."

Ms Lotawa said villagers needed to be made aware of natural disasters and how to manage land.

"We are using geo-tech survey results and land management training to raise awareness about sustainable land management."

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