Fiji Time: 8:41 PM on Thursday 23 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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."





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. Nadolo out
  2. Unapproved move
  3. Ruggers to shave
  4. School observe Diwali in style
  5. No rush
  6. Auditor cites poor record keeping
  7. Defacto partner charged with murder
  8. Fish spawning critical
  9. Pink morning fundraiser
  10. Diwali treat for elderly

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  3. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  4. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  5. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  6. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Budget overspent Wednesday (22 Oct)
  8. 8-room home gutted Friday (17 Oct)
  9. Forgery suspect still in remand Tuesday (21 Oct)
  10. $20m in excess Wednesday (22 Oct)