ADB explores flood management project possibility in Nadi

Most of Nadi town and surrounding surburbs are experiencing flooding right now. Picture: SUPPLIED/Tracey Farrington

Most parts of Nadi town and surrounding surburbs often get flooded during periods of heavy rain and disasters. Picture: FT FILE

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) is exploring the possibility of taking up a flood management project in Nadi.

ADB regional director for the Pacific Regional Office in Suva Masayuki Tachiiri said this was something which would benefit the town.

“In Nadi where we are having our meeting now, we are starting preparation for a flood management program,” he said.

“In Fiji, we remember the flood a few years ago and we had big damage in the city.

“Nadi is the hub and any flood or damage has an impact on the whole economy.”

Climate change has been one of the biggest issues up for discussion at the ADB meeting this week.

Yesterday, the ADB also announced it had secured $130 million in climate grants. ADB’s director general for the Pacific Department Carmela Locsin highlighted the funding was from the Green Climate Fund which was used on a number of transformational projects in the Pacific.

This included solar and water sanitation projects.

According to the ADB, climate change remained one of the top challenges faced by Pacific developing member countries.

Natural disasters including cyclones have resulted in the loss of property, lives, destruction of properties and infrastructure.

It also impacted economic growth adversely.

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