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Safer Communities Through Disaster Risk Reduction 17/11/16

In an effort to build safe and resilient communities from the dramatic change in weather patterns, a number of Disaster Risk Reduction Projects has been implemented by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

 One such project is the Wainibokasi River Bank Protection at Nabitu village, Tokatoka, Tailevu.

 Director NDMO, Akapusi Tuifagalele said the project aims to build sustainable communities and protect communities from the impact of flooding. 

Lorima Rabure with his grandchildren at the Wainibokasi River Bank Protection Nabitu Village“By implementing these projects, we are not only reacting and responding to natural disasters when they happen, we are also planning long term into the future on how to build resilient and safe communities.

 Tuifagalele said the project involves the construction of river bank protection structure at the frontage of Nabitu village. It includes the construction of a 130meter stone masonry with a gabion structure river bank protection wall with concrete fillings.

Lorima Rabure with his grandchildren at the Wainibokasi River Bank Protection Nabitu Village Lorima Rabure, Headman of Nabitu Village,  with his grandchildren at the Wainibokasi River Bank Protection

Nabitu village headman, Lorima Rabure acknowledged Government for the assistance. Reminiscing about the hardships faced by his fellow villagers due to frequent flooding as the result of rising sea level, Rabure said that more than three houses have been washed away.

“We have to endure frequent floodings, even when there is high tide, thus village development has been hindered.

“We acknowledged Government for the assistance as we could not afford to lose more homes. I can confidently say that we are now safe from the effects of flooding and rising sea level,” Mr Rabure said with a smile.

For the last two years, Government has provided $2m per year for Disaster Risk Reduction projects which has continued in the current financial year.

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