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‘Relocation Best Option For Settlements’

The former Waterways Officer said they’re seeking the Government’s assistance to approve their relocation request to an identified new site.
25 Jan 2022 14:03
‘Relocation Best Option For Settlements’
Vunivau resident Jese Midralawa (left) with Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu and Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima at Vunivau in Labasa on January 15, 2022. Photo: Laisa Lui

Relocation is the best option for residents of two nearby settlements at Vunivau, Labasa in Macuata Province, residents say.

Residents have been affected by severe flooding for more than 10 years now.

Jese Midralawa, a retired civil servant, echoed residents’ sentiment to the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu during his recent tour to the Northern Division.

Mr Midralawa explained how the village is located adjacent to Nasuva Creek which is one of the largest catchments in Labasa.

He said the runoff from the mountains all flowed to Nasuva Creek and when there is a backlog during heavy rain, the village gets flooded.

The former Waterways Officer said they’re seeking the Government’s assistance to approve their relocation request to an identified new site.

“This relocation will also bring in two red zone settlements that are always flooded and had to evacuate: Vunivaivai and Natoakamu.

“The land is approximately 12 acres and is suitable for the relocation of 21 houses.”

Mr Seruiratu advised Commissioner Northern, Uraia Rainima, to look into the matter

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