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Authorities Respond To Lawaki Residents’ Plight

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts partnered with the National Fire Authority which provided the rubber boat.
06 Mar 2021 09:59
Authorities Respond To Lawaki Residents’ Plight
Staff members of the Ministry of Education and the National Fire Authority deliver the rubber boats for the children of Lawaki.

An inflatable boat was delivered to the Lawaki Settlement in Labasa for students to use after authorities read their plight on Fiji Sun.

Parents and guardians would carry their children on their backs across the Korotari River.

On a sunny day, the water level would be ankle-deep, but the challenge becomes more evident when the water level was high.

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts partnered with the National Fire Authority which provided the rubber boat.

Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima said they were working on a development plan which included the construction of a bridge.

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“We are working stage by stage to attempt this because there are a lot of complaints,” he said.

He said the children and residents from that area have been crossing the river for many years.

Mr Rainima said when the weather was fine, the Rural Service Licence (RSL) vehicles would continue its service.

He reminded the residents not to cross the river when there is flooding and the water level is high.

The Ministry of Education’s Labasa office confirmed it was looking for options regarding this but for the time being, the RSL vehicles were available.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: renu.prasad@fijisun.com.fj



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