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Council, Ratepayers: Urgent Need To Dredge Labasa River

Mr Kohli said there were some parts of the river that could be crossed by foot during low tide. This shows how shallow some parts of the river had become.
13 Feb 2021 14:05
Council, Ratepayers: Urgent Need To Dredge Labasa River
Labasa/ Savusavu Town Council Special Administrator Ami Kohli and Doreen Robinson during the ratepayers meeting at the Council Chamber on February 10, 2021. Photo: Renu Radhika

There is an urgent need for the dredging of the Labasa River, says Labasa Town Council Special Administrator Ami Kohli. He said this during the Talanoa session with the ratepayers on Wednesday.

He said the recent flooding brought on by Cyclone Ana affected the town due to the deposit of the silt (sand and clay) in the river.

“The river was dredged many years ago, along the seaside of the bridge, but the Korotari side was left,” he said.

He also said unscrupulous logging in the past resulted in soil erosion, a massive amount of silt has been deposited in the river.

Mr Kohli said there were some parts of the river that could be crossed by foot during low tide. This shows how shallow some parts of the river had become.

He said dredging would cost a great deal, but it would be worthwhile as it would save millions of dollars and prevent losses suffered by the people in Labasa.

“People have really suffered and will continue to suffer because items lost will take years to purchase,” he said.

Ratepayers secretary Kamlesh Prasad said the recent flooding had made the ratepayers and the council to take this matter seriously.

“In 2003 Labasa Town was flooded, after 18 years it happened again,” he said.

“This problem will only be solved by dredging the river.”

Feedback: renu.prasad@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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