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High Tide Concerns Squatter Resident

A resident of Namara Settlement outside Labasa, Prakash Wati, yesterday raised her concern about the effects of high tides on their settlement. She said water would reach the front door
08 Nov 2014 20:44
High Tide Concerns Squatter Resident

A resident of Namara Settlement outside Labasa, Prakash Wati, yesterday raised her concern about the effects of high tides on their settlement.

She said water would reach the front door of her home and at times, their home would get flooded.

But help from the government could be coming.

Speaking during a public consultation recently, Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the formalisation of squatter settlements around the country will go ahead as planned.

“The ministry is seriously looking at formalising these settlements to improve the lives of its residents,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

She said basic services like tap water, electricity and proper sewage systems are some of the services that would be provided to settlements.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said this was part of Government initiative to make sure that Fijians had decent homes to live in.

54-year-old widow said they normally spread sawdust on their compound to absorb water that came in during high tides.

“If we are lucky then the tide would reach only up to beneath the floors,” Mrs Wati said.

“When tide covers the road then the cold water reaches inside our home and we have to undertake a big clean-up afterwards.”

Together with her family of four, they try their best to keep their home clean from rubbish brought in by the tides.

“I do my best to fix our home since my sons and daughters struggle to look after their own families,” she said
“I have been living in the Namara for more than 25 years and I am glad to have my youngest son living with me. He is the breadwinner of the family.”

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