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Water Source For Naqaidamu Village

Ever since the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston on the island of Koro, villagers of Naqaidamu had to find ways to collect water for daily use. This will now
25 Dec 2017 14:58
Water Source For Naqaidamu Village
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou (left) commissioning the Naqaidamu village water project on December 21, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports

Ever since the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston on the island of Koro, villagers of Naqaidamu had to find ways to collect water for daily use.

This will now be a worry of the past because water supply was normalised throughout the village on Thursday after the commissioning of their water project by the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou.

Village nurse Maraia Qaqa thanked the Government for its assistance in restoring water for the village.

She said looking for water sources was not an easy task as villagers had to rely on rain water in tanks.

Ms Qaqa, who has been the village nurse for 15 years, said they were also grateful to Government for assisting them with relocation.

Houses were now built up the hill. The old village site was by the shoreline.

However, a problem they were now facing was transporting their elderly population across the stream because there was no proper road going up to the new village site.

Similar sentiments were shared by villager Sereani Yavala whose three bedroom house was destroyed during TC Winston.

“The whole village has relocated up to the new site except for a few houses that are still left. We built our house by our own initiative and we are grateful that we finally have tap water now,” Mrs Yavala said.

The village had relocated in May and a boundary was set a few metres from the shoreline where villagers are not allowed to live and construct.

Village headman Kalivati Ratucicivi said it did not matter if they did not have electricity and other things as long as they had consistent water supply they were happy.

He said the village had 84 households. Most had relocated to the new site and five were still living in tents at the old site.

Mr Ratucicivi said they had been relying on a nearby stream and the village water tank for water, adding they had sought assistance from Government for the construction of a new road at the new village site.

Naqaidamu has a population of about 280 villagers.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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