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Food security major concern, barge needed in Taveuni

The two main shipping access to Taveuni, the jetty at Salialevu and at Nalele, have been damaged and unsafe for use. Divisional Commissioner for the Northern division, Jovesa Vocea said if these jetties are not fixed soon, food supply on the island will run out. The two jetties in Taveuni are both damaged, the one […]

Peni Shute

February 25, 2016 11:41 am

The two main shipping access to Taveuni, the jetty at Salialevu and at Nalele, have been damaged and unsafe for use.

Divisional Commissioner for the Northern division, Jovesa Vocea said if these jetties are not fixed soon, food supply on the island will run out.

The two jetties in Taveuni are both damaged, the one in Lovanivonu and Salia, it is unsafe to be used in the next few days or even a few weeks even if we don’t do anything about it. But we have the small boats that can still go, the fibre, depending on the weather.

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The damaged Taveuni Jetty. Source: Fijian Government.

Commissioner Vocea said a barge is needed to ease the transportation needs.

We also requested our divisional or nationally through our permanent secretary if they can send a barge in the mean time to operate in Vanua Levu in Natuvu and Taveuni just for the issue of the transportation of goods if the island is totally cut off from shipping services, then they will surely run out of food stuffs, so there is a contingency plan in place.

Taveuni’s hub is cut out from a portion of the road, the bridge somewhere down Taveuni South is cut off from the main centre, right now they are carting water to Taveuni South, Vuna, areas through fibre we hope that when we will receive the barge we will be able to ease the transportation of water to that area of Taveuni.

The Commissioner said the damage faced by the people of Taveuni is large.

According to the report that we have received the damage sustained by the island is quiet large, we will need to ascertain that when the DDA team goes there this afternoon. We have the District Officer from Taveuni that is here with us, he is working on his detailed damage assessment team. We expect to send six teams this afternoon across to Taveuni to go and do a detailed analysis on the damage caused by Cyclone.

Commissioner Vocea said the full extent and the amount of assistance that is required for Taveuni will be determined by the end of this week.

Watch the full Press Brief by the Divisional Commissioner for the Northern Division, Jovesa Vocea on the ground works to be undertaken for Taveuni.

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