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It’s A Shame, Say Residents

Residents of Colo-i-Suva and Davuilevu Housing were fuming yesterday, saying  the illegal dumping of rubbish in their neighbourhoods was a shame. They claimed people from the outside had the audacity
13 Jun 2017 10:31
It’s A Shame, Say Residents
Davuilevu Housing resident Losevati Digogo with her granddaughter in front of a rubbish heap at Adi Davila Road on June 12, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

Residents of Colo-i-Suva and Davuilevu Housing were fuming yesterday, saying  the illegal dumping of rubbish in their neighbourhoods was a shame.

They claimed people from the outside had the audacity to deposit rubbish in their area even after they cleared the previous rubbish.

Colo-i-Suva Youth president, Jasiliva Ravia, said they were now working together with Police and other stakeholders to tackle the issue.

Ms Ravia said “We all have been doing our level best to address the issue for some time now.”

But she said people were still dumping rubbish  at night.

She claimed some cars and commercial trucks were seen dumping rubbish.

She said their youth group had been helping to clean up at Colo-i-Suva for a safer environment that would benefit the community. She said it would eradicate the spread of disease such as dengue and typhoid.

At Adi Davila Rd, Davuilevu Housing, resident Emele Vunisa said: “With the rising piles of rubbish come the infestations of flies, mosquitoes, scabies and other related diseases we face today.

“The smell we have to live with, the unbearable site of worms on decaying kitchens leftovers and soggy used diapers create the most disturbing scenes on these piles of rubbish.

“The top end of Adi Davila Rd had been a dumping ground of all sorts of rubbish.

“There were piles of old car parts with tyres and tins and drums when we first moved here.”

But through the years the piles had grown bigger every morning, she said.

Neighbours had taken the initiative to join her to clean up but the rubbish kept coming.

Sixty-year-old Losevati Digogo who is also a resident, said her grandchildren’s bodies were covered with scabies.

“It is a common site to see people scratching before scabies and other skin diseases are visible on their skin,” Ms Digogo said.

The Rural Development Authority, which looks after the neighbourhoods, says the issue has been dealt with.

The visual evidence suggests otherwise.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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