TC Winston

63 villages to be relocated

The Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management said sixty-three villages in the country need to be relocated following Tropical Cyclone Winston. Hon. Minister Seruiratu revealed this while responding to Opposition MP Hon. Anare Vadei’s oral question on how many villages have been relocated following Tropical Cyclone Winston and have had complete housing reconstruction. Minister […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 2, 2016 11:59 am

The Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management said sixty-three villages in the country need to be relocated following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Seruiratu in parliament. (youtube)
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Seruiratu in Parliament.

Hon. Minister Seruiratu revealed this while responding to Opposition MP Hon. Anare Vadei’s oral question on how many villages have been relocated following Tropical Cyclone Winston and have had complete housing reconstruction.

Minister Seruiratu said landowners of the sixty-three villagers are to take an oath when they agree to relocate their villages.

SERUIRATU: “The need for the relocation is due to of climate change which is a global phenomena problem.  63 villagers have identified as a need for relocation. Madam Speaker it is a long process and it will take time to relocate this villagers. 36 villages have completed their relocation procedure. These villages need to agree than relocation will take place. The approval Madam Speaker comes from the villages or the community themselves than the Ministry of Land will state or find a suitable location for relocation.”

Minister Seruiratu said out of the sixty-three villages needed for a relocation, twenty-seven are on hold.

SERUIRATU: “Madam Speaker, from the 63 villagers have been identified as a need for relocation. 27 is on hold. Again, Madam speaker these villagers need to agree than relocation will take place. The pending 27 villages of the 63 that need to relocate would await further advice from their respective provincial councils.”

Opposition MP Hon. Vadei asked if these villages have rebuilt their lives on their current location.

VADEI: “If these villages have already rebuilt their lives on their current locations on the government assistance and a disaster happens again, these villagers will need to rebuit there lives?.”

In response, Hon. Seruiratu said the villages knew the progress.

SERUIRATU: “Madam Speaker, the villages are given $7,000 each and that $7,000 is for sustaining lives.  The communities themselves knows the progress. They know the what to do, Madam speaker.”

Hon Seruiratu said that a government team consisting of  i-Taukei Affairs Board, Lands and Mineral Resources Department, Water Authority of Fiji, Fiji Roads Authority officials and the Ministry of Health and Medical services is taking care of the relocation.

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