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Need for a sea wall

Ana Madigibuli
Thursday, June 26, 2014

CLIMATE change has slowly taken its toll on the lives of many villagers living close to the sea at Naloto Village in Verata.

With soils slowly being depleted, villagers fear the worst as future generations will face the reality of relocating their homes to higher grounds.

With more than 30 houses situated close to the coast, villagers of Naloto have been looking for ways of slowing the process of soil erosion on their shoreline.

Naloto Village headman Tomasi Toroca said villagers had started placing boulders on the shoreline to stop the tides from reaching their shoreline.

"We have been seeking assistance on getting a sea wall constructed to protect us and our future generation," Mr Toroca said.

"We are one of those villages that are affected by climate change and we cannot enjoy what our forefathers have left us as we fear being relocated in the future."

He said during cyclones, people living close to the shoreline faced the problem of tides entering their homes, leaving them vulnerable during disasters.

"During cyclone, they have to move all their belongings to higher grounds and we use the village community hall as an evacuation centre.

"We have raised the issue during the tikina meeting and it was raised at the provincial meeting.

"We think the Commissioner Central also has the details about us seeking government assistance in getting a sea wall, so we hope that they can assist us."


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