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Villagers Clear Away Landslides With Hands, Tools

Villagers of Nauria and Nailuva in Ra have come together to clear away landslides that had blocked their road. The landslides were the result of heavy rain cause by Tropical
12 Jan 2017 11:00
Villagers Clear Away Landslides With Hands, Tools
Villagers clearing the debris on the road in Ra.

Villagers of Nauria and Nailuva in Ra have come together to clear away landslides that had blocked their road.

The landslides were the result of heavy rain cause by Tropical Depression 04F that hit the country late last year. It left many homes and rivers flooded and landslides nationwide.

About 60 men with their cane knives and digging shovels took on the initiative to clear away the landslides.

Villager Apisai Raitila, 27, said: “The work was not easy.”

He said within 12 kilometres of the road there were four landslides which they had to clear away with their hands and tools.

“There were big trees and mud blocking our roads. We cleared it with spades and knives, it was all manpower,” he said.

“It took us two days to do the work. We didn’t have much choice because that road was the only access in and out of the village.”

The 60 men included the young and old – the youngest was aged 11 years while the eldest was at least 60 years old.

“It was all teamwork,” he said.

 

Mr Raitila’s father, Lepani, who is also the head of a clan (Turaga-ni-mataqali) said they were concerned about transportation.

“Villagers were coming in and out of the village, some came to spend their Holidays and some needed to spend it elsewhere. Also the back to school preparation. So we needed to clear the road because of these reasons, and keeping in minding the sick who need medical assistance,” he said.

The main source of income for both the villagers is farming.

“We also needed to transport our yields to the market,” he said.

“It was really challenging especially when we had to walk home for miles in the two days. We thank the Lord for everything,” he said.

Mr Raitila appreciated the hard work and co-operation of the two villages.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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