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Dry Spell Worries Kioa Islanders

Children on Kioa Island have been limited to only two bottles of water per day as the dry season persists in their community. In an interview with the president of
22 Aug 2016 21:17
Dry Spell Worries Kioa Islanders
The Kioan Community in Labasa with Miss Kioa Island Pena Maui at a thanksgiving service in Vunivau, Labasa last week. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO

Children on Kioa Island have been limited to only two bottles of water per day as the dry season persists in their community.

In an interview with the president of the Kioan community in Labasa Sam Maui said the boreholes which supplied water to the people on the island were drying up and it was an issue of concern for everyone.

“A recent report from two of the Kioan community members in Labasa who visited the island for survey purposes last week said that people only have access to water for a mere 30 minutes per day,” Mr Maui said.

“Water could only be accessed for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon.

“This is a major challenge that they face on a daily basis and our people have been affected so much especially our children who are the most vulnerable.”

He said the island council and members of the Kioan community were assisting in this cause in whatever way possible.

The secretary to the Kioa Island council Setareki Moulongo said people had to store as much as they could within those given times to ensure they had enough for consumption and washing.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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