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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 26) – Financial assistance by the Canadian government will enable a municipal council in Fiji to address drainage problems experienced in the area.

The Canadian government has come to Tavua Town Council's aid by agreeing to provide funds to improve the drainage system in the small farming town.

At the moment, the town's wastewater runs along a drain through Tavualevu Village.

Tavua town clerk Pradeep Sharan said they were determined to start the work as soon as possible because it was a major health risk for villagers.

Mr. Sharan said for many years, villagers had been asking the council for help but nothing was done because of lack of funds.

However, after a grant was approved by the Canada Fund, the council can start work on a drainage system next month.

Mr. Sharan said Canada Fund agreed to provide FJ$30,000 (US$17,500) while the council would give FJ$10,000 (US$5,800).

"Tavualevu villagers approached us for help and we agreed that it was a problem we had to address quickly, not only for the sake of the villagers but Tavua as a whole," he said.

"It will improve living conditions and reduce the risk of flooding."

Mr. Sharan said they had met with village elders to inform them of the progress and approval to conduct work as soon as possible.

[PIR editor’s note: Tavua is part of the Yasawa Islands located west of Viti Levu island.]

October 27, 2005

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