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Sea-level Rise event report

Category: Sea-level Rise
Observation: 04.04.2013
Continent: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Fiji
State: Ra Province
Area: Village of Vunisavisavi in Cakaudrove, Viti Levu
Severity: Hight
Event details
The effects of rising sea level have been experienced by villagers of Vunisavisavi in Cakaudrove. The village lawn has been swamped by seawater turning it into a breeding area for crabs. Village headman Pio Waqairatavo said villagers experienced the effects of rising sea level for the past five to six years. "It is an old problem and a challenge for us and despite working with some organisations, meetings with some government officials, the level of seawater continues to rise," Mr Waqairatavo said. "The sea used to be far from the village lawn when we were kids and about six years ago, we started to feel the impact of climate change. "Every high tide, the seawater flows into the village and the lawn now looks like a swamp with crabs crawling around everywhere. Divisional planning officer North Alipate Bolalevu said the situation at Vunisavisavi was a known case to government and the village had been identified for relocation. Mr Waqairatavo said the seawater flowing into the village had also killed trees growing by the seashore.
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