Rising seawater claims land

Children of Ligaulevu village on the temporary seawall that was built a decade ago by their elders. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

RISING seawater has claimed about 15 metres of dry land at Ligaulevu Village on Mali Island, Macuata.

Villager Pita Boleibau said a temporary sea wall built from dead corals which sits outside the shores also submerges during high tide. “When it’s high tide, the waves come right up to the village and just below the steps of houses that sit by the shores,” he said.

“I am 25 years old now, but when I was a kid, the waves used to reach that old temporary sea wall. Impacts of climate change is being felt by the villagers and we have seen the changes happen.”

Tui Mali Ratu Apenisa Bogiso said they had requested for the construction of seawall in villages of Mali.

He said seawater level had increased over the past decade and they had witnessed it.

“We are seeing changes happen as a result of climate change and we need a sea wall here at Ligaulevu,” he said.

“We have also had a hard time getting rid of the rubbish that gets washed up to our shores.”

Officers from the Ministry of Waterways informed the villagers that the construction of a sea wall at Nakawaga Village, also on Mali, had been approved.

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