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Build homes at a safe location

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PRIME Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama has advised that people refrain from building homes near seashores as rising sea levels are only expected to worsen.

Responding to concerns raised by some villagers along the coast of Cakaudrove during discussions in Vatuvonu on Thursday last week, Rear Admiral Bainimarama said it was only fitting that people considered wise locations of their houses before building them.

He said relocating a village was expensive because it required a lot of work.

He added that it would help if people played a part in ensuring their houses were not targets of climate change, adding that some villages would be more costly to relocate than the rest, depending on their geographic location, population and landscape.

Rear Admiral Bainimarama said he had always pleaded with people to continue to build their houses in safe places and locations where they knew they would not be vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Some villages in Cakaudrove are slowly experiencing the effects of rising sea levels, prompting villagers to request for government's assistance in this aspect.

Rear Admiral Bainimarama said they had been receiving requests from some villages in the other parts of Fiji also, adding however that the government had requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to tap into donor agency contacts in order to assist with funding such relocation projects.

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