Fiji Village To Relocate Due To Salt Water Intrusion

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Vunidogoloa people first to move as a result of climate change impacts

By Serafina Silaitoga

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 8, 2013) – THE relocation of a group of villagers to a new village site in the North is expected to happen this year.

Divisional planning officer North Alipate Bolalevu said the villagers of Vunidogoloa in Cakaudrove had seen the new village site.

The villagers are the first in Fiji to be relocated to a new site following effects of climate change which has resulted in seawater flowing into their village.

"The progress of relocation to the new village site has been good and two houses have been built for two families," Mr Bolalevu said.

"More houses will be built for the other families and the new site is on higher ground compared to the current village location."

He said villagers had worked closely with government in the relocation process

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