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Togalevu Villagers Fear Rising Waters

Seventy-year-old Soko Tuisolia moved to Togalevu Village outside Lami in 1965. This is where she raised her eight children and the village is now under threat from flooding. Every high
07 Apr 2017 14:09
Togalevu Villagers Fear Rising Waters
Soko Tuisulia shows water level during low tide and says their compound at Togalevu Village outside Lami becomes flooded during high tide. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Seventy-year-old Soko Tuisolia moved to Togalevu Village outside Lami in 1965.

This is where she raised her eight children and the village is now under threat from flooding.

Every high tide, her lawn is flooded with water. This has been happening for the last 15 years and the level of water has been increasing every year.

“I have lived here for a long time. I have seen things change here and how it continues to change.”

Mrs Tuisolia questions if this is not the effect of climate change, than what is.

“Things have changed and things are continuing to change. All the houses here have water in their lawns every high tide. Even if you dig a shallow hole you will see water already in the ground. This is how land is now.

“Anything can happen,” she said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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