River bank protection program in Narewa
23 July, 2018, 3:15 am
A MASSIVE river bank protection program will be implemented in Narewa Village in Nadi where erosion is threatening more than 150 households.
Village headman Samuela Tuidraki said the soil erosion along the Nadi River bank had been a concern among the villagers.
“We have been experiencing these changes for a while now and a lot of us are really concerned about the shift in the river bank,” he said.
“It’s not just the houses near the river banks that is being threatened, it’s every house that is in Narewa. We have 153 households which mean our population is more than 1000 people.
“The river bank is eroding and we have been waiting a long time for something to be done. “One solution was the planting of trees along the river bank another similar program that was done in Nailaga.”
During a recent tour of villages in Nadi and Lautoka, Minister for Waterways and Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy highlighted the need for these vulnerable communities to be protected.
He said villages such as Narewa were part of the ministry’s program to protect communities from eroding waterways.
According to the ministry, Narewa youths will be engaged to plant trees to prevent the erosion of the river banks near the village.