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Narata Welcomes Evacuation Centre

Villagers of Narata, Nadroga, breathed a sigh of relief after the ground-breaking ceremony for a $250,000 evacuation centre was held yesterday. The construction of the evacuation centre is fully funded
05 Jun 2015 08:58
Narata Welcomes Evacuation Centre
Center:The Narata Village Vakatawa Viliame Koroi stands with Narata villagers on the proposed site for the evacuation centre after the ground breaking ceremony.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU

Villagers of Narata, Nadroga, breathed a sigh of relief after the ground-breaking ceremony for a $250,000 evacuation centre was held yesterday.

The construction of the evacuation centre is fully funded by the New Zealand Government and it will be built a three-minute walk away from the village.

It will help 40 families seek shelter during times of natural disasters.

“This is for the safety of the villagers and, being the first one, it has come at the right time,” said Narata Village headman Ilaimi Navara.

“We discussed this project in 2012 after the flood and because we had problems during other natural disasters.”

Mr Navara said previously people would take shelter in the village church during natural disasters.

“It will have a kitchen, toilet and a bathroom to host social gatherings and events for people in Narata Village and the surrounding settlements,” he said.

Mr Navara said the new evacuation centre would  accommodate people from Rararua and Dreke villages and other nearby settlements during natural disasters.

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