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Dry Spell Worries Govt

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, Joeli Cawaki, says the prolonged dry spell currently affecting most parts of the country is a concern to Government.
05 Oct 2014 14:44

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, Joeli Cawaki, says the prolonged dry spell currently affecting most parts of the country is a concern to Government.
This was during the meeting on Thursday of the National Steering Committee on Emergency Water which comprises permanent secretaries.
Mr Cawaki stressed that the Government would need to respond effectively to the affected communities’ water needs as this was also a provision in the 2013 Constitution.
“We will need to identify big water sources and build dams similar to the Vaturu Dam to cater for the water supply in all parts of Fiji,” he reiterated.
Meanwhile, the Director of Meteorological Service, Alipate Waqai-celua, highlighted that the climate status for Fiji from June to September was drier than normal.
‘There is a high probability of a hydrological drought to set in during or before Fiji’s 2014/15 wet season and extend through the 2015 dry season, possibly with severe impacts in some areas,” Mr Waqaicelua said.
He said Viti Levu was the driest region for the fourth consecutive month and rainfall ranged from well below average to below average across the country in the last three months.
Mr Waqaicelua further stated that river levels continued to decline in the major rivers in Fiji.
The committee will sit again next week.
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