CATTLE DIE, CROPS WHITHER IN DRY FIJI VILLAGE

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By Sanjay Gounder

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Dec. 6) –A rural Fiji town is seeking emergency water as it faces a severe drought that has already dried a number of water sources.

Rakiraki parliamentarian Sanjeet Maharaj told the FijiSUN yesterday that the district was in dire need of urgent water supply.

"The dry season is having its toll on Rakiraki and apart from severe damage on the crops a number of creeks and wells have dried out," Mr Maharaj said

Areas like Ellington, Draunivi, Volivoli, Rarapatu and Naria are the worst affected areas and the Government should respond with urgency, he said.

"In these areas, a number of creeks and wells have already dried out and there are no other water sources left for the people. Already Rakiraki doesn’t have proper government water supply for years now and the current drought has made things worse. It has made it very difficult for people to carry out their daily activities due to unavailability of water. Also, we have received reports of some livestock and cattle dying due to shortage of water supply in some interior areas of RakiRaki."

Mr Maharaj added that crops are also being severely damaged and they could foresee a reduce in cane production from the district for the next season.

"We are requesting government to provide emergency water supply to residents of Rakiraki. Any delay apart from the danger to livestock and cattle will put people’s life to risk," he stressed

December 6, 2004

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