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Contaminated River – But When Will The Effects Hit Residents Using It ?

University of the South Pacific researchers have found that settlers in Tamavua-i-wai are exposed to toxic waste materials that are discharged into the sea from the two industrial zones close to the area - Walu Bay and Wailada.
27 Sep 2020 09:49
Contaminated River – But When Will The Effects Hit Residents Using It ?
Ilisapeci Rokosovu and her nephews Taniela and Sailosi Rokoiri fish in front of their home in Tamavua-i-Wai. Photo: Ivamere Nataro

For 20 years, Selai Mate has lived and survived along the riverbanks of Tamavua-i-wai.

Her children and grandchildren also live in make-shift homes alongside her home.

University of the South Pacific researchers have found that settlers in Tamavua-i-wai are exposed to toxic waste materials that are discharged into the sea from the two industrial zones close to the area – Walu Bay and Wailada.

But 64-year-old Ms Mate says the real problem they face is the rubbish that gets washed up in front of their home.

“There is not much difference that we’ve seen here over the years,” she said.

“We’ve been eating fish from the river every day…….to read her full story, subscribe to our e-edition. You can only pay $1 through Vodafone’s MPAiSA platform.

Feedback: ivamere.nataro@fijisun.com.fj



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