New homes for villagers

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left) and European Union Pacifi c ambassador Sujiro Seam unveil the plaque at the commissioning of the new homes at Narikoso Village on Kadavu. Picture: LUKE NACEI

Seven climate change vulnerable families who were handed the keys to their new homes by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Narikoso Village, Kadavu yesterday were overcome with emotion.

While officiating at the commissioning of the homes, Mr Bainimarama said Narikoso was one of the 48 villages earmarked for relocation.

He said it was Government’s job to support the efforts of climate vulnerable people in Narikoso and the relocation project was not just a response to sea level rise.

The PM said it could also be an opportunity to develop sustainable, community-based projects in rural areas that could generate income.

Mr Bainimarama said the new Narikoso houses were built to withstand Category 4 storms.

“We pray that your homes will never be called on to resist those kinds of winds. But if those winds come, these houses will remain standing,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said the project took four years to complete.

The relocation project was funded by the European Union.

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