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Moroivalu: Wet Season Approaches

The Western Division yesterday received some respite in the form of brief rain following the prolonged dry spell affecting the country. The Commissioner’s Office in Lautoka has dished out a
30 Sep 2014 12:07
Moroivalu: Wet Season Approaches
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

The Western Division yesterday received some respite in the form of brief rain following the prolonged dry spell affecting the country.

The Commissioner’s Office in Lautoka has dished out a warning that there is a possibility of huge landslides in the West as we enter the wet season from November to April.

Acting Commissioner Western Luke Moroivalu said another reason for the landslide is the result of the negative impact on our environment from human activity.

“After this dry season we will be moving on to the wet season and there will be a lot of rain,” Mr Moroivalu said.

“And with the negative impact of course there will be a lot of landslides in most parts of the division. Simply just because of the prolonged dry spell and the impact it has on our environment as sugar cane farms and pine forests have been burned.

“Despite the fire ban there were some out of control burning. That is not good as it will have a negative impact on everyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture is working with various stakeholders to assess the situation.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, said a team from the ministry toured the Central and Western divisions at the weekend to assess the situation.

“We are looking at options on the necessary steps that will be taken and are awaiting advice from the meteorological office on the weather situation,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“We will be meeting with the various stakeholders and the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport regarding the water crisis that is affecting most parts of the country.”

The minister said they would need to implement mitigating plans for the future. “Our focus for now will be reducing and managing risks to be able to minimise the effects of dry season for our farmers,” he said.

With the contingency plan already in place, the Minister is adamant that consultations with various agencies will be able to mitigate and manage such risks in future.

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