Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rising sea water threatens village, Fiji - 8th Mar 2011

A COASTAL village in Ra continues to be threatened by rising sea waters.

Navolau No.1 village headman Sireli Naivava said the sea swells had damaged the village sea wall and there were fears homes near the shoreline would suffer the same fate soon.

The issue was brought up for discussion at the tikina Navolau meeting held at Navolau No.2 village last week.

Mr Naivava said the matter was raised in previous council meetings but nothing had been done.

While waiting for assistance, Mr Naivava said the villagers planted 2,000 mangrove plants along the coast.

Mr Naivava said the village planned to plant 8,000 more mangrove trees.

"These mangrove trees will at least help in preventing the rise in sea level," he said.

"We have nowhere else to move as we are surrounded by mountains and sea on all sides of the villages.

"The old sea wall in the village is broken and we are really concerned about our safety."

At the meeting, Mr Naivava requested the provincial office and other Government departments to assist the village in the construction of a new sea wall. Read More