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Vuniwaqa Informed Of Villagers’ Constant Water Shortage Problems

Vuniwaqa Informed Of Villagers’ Constant Water Shortage Problems
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa talks with one of the villagers from the Yasawa Islands. Photo: DEPTFO News
August 16
11:00 2018

The prevalent problem of water shortages in the Yasawa Islands was brought to the attention of the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mer­eseini Vuniwaqa. This was done during a talanoa ses­sion at Navutua Village in the district of Nacula, Yasawa on Tuesday,

These concerns were raised by the village headmen of Nacula, Tamusua, Navutua, Nasisili, Malakati, Vuaki and Yaqeta.

Villagers were said to have re­sorted to digging water holes and relying on the rain to sus­tain them on a daily basis, to be used in cooking, washing and drinking water.

Navutua Village headman Ame Rokotuibau said this was something they have faced since their youth and had adopted ways of coping with the shortage of water.

“We have lived this way since our younger days, but it is get­ting very challenging given the changes in climate that we have been experiencing, the lack of rain and the devastation wreaked by Tropical Cyclones,” Mr Roko­tuibau said.

He said some villages had dams while others relied heavily on wa­terholes and rainwater.

“This is a major problem for us because we hardly get any rain in these parts and it is mostly sunny and in most cases some of these water-holes and water tanks dry up.

“We had brought this issue up during the district meeting with Government officials in March earlier this year, but we have not received any feedback on the mat­ter,” he said.

Ms Vuniwaqa said they would be following up with their re­quest to the relevant ministries.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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