River bank rehabilitation

THE erosion of the Sigatoka River has posed a significant threat to the town, says Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar. While speaking at the launch of a river bank rehabilitation in Sigatoka yesterday, Mr Kumar said the erosion had caused significant flooding over the years.

“Government has identified this as a potential environmental threat,” he said.

He said with the recent extreme weather patterns affecting Fiji over the past few years, flooding would increase in most parts of the country.

“The Sigatoka River bank project is part of the action on the ground to mitigate against such events.”

He said the project would result in the protection and enhancement of approximately 200 metres of river bank.

“This begins from the old bridge, moving upstream to the creek besides the Tappoos building. This project is fully funded by Government with a budget of $890,000.”

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