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Rising Sea Level Threatens Udu Village

Headman hopes seawall plan will be approved at Lau Provincial Council meeting in February   The effects of climate change experienced in maritime areas in the country should be taken
17 Jan 2019 10:00
Rising Sea Level Threatens Udu Village
Udu Village headman Railala Bilitaki. Photo: Wati Talebula

Headman hopes seawall plan will be approved at Lau Provincial Council meeting in February

 

The effects of climate change experienced in maritime areas in the country should be taken seriously.

At Udu Village in Totoya, Lau, the vulnerability of the land and its people are visible.

The rising sea level has reached the village green and is slowly being washed away.

The global phenomena is taking its toll on the island and the villagers, fearing that they could lose more land, are hoping to build a seawall as soon as possible.

Village headman Railala Bilitaki said he returned to the village three years ago and the difference was clear.

“I was in Suva because of education and when I returned to the village three years ago I was shocked when I saw the beach,” Mr Bilitaki said.

“I didn’t recognise it because the wave is reaching the land. Something has to be done. If not, we will have to be relocated but we don’t want that to happen.”

He said the villagers have come up with solutions collectively.

“We are hoping that during the Lau Provincial Council Meeting it would be suggested that a seawall be built here at Udu,” Mr Bilitaki said.

“We have no other option but opt to erect a seawall. We are hoping that during the meeting in February our plan will be approved. If it is not approved, we have no other option but to relocate.”Edited by Naisa Koroi

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