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Fiji TImes Online Maneesha Karan
Sunday, August 14, 2011

THE Rabi Council of Leaders has raised concerns about the need to rehabilitate houses destroyed by landslides and soil erosion.

Council vice-chair Bineati Sigrah told The Fiji Times four homes have been destroyed since Cyclone Tomas hit Fiji last year.

The need to carry out rehabilitation was conveyed by the council to Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica during his visit to Rabi last week.

Mr Sigrah said Cyclone Tomas had uprooted trees and damaged houses.

"Two houses became victims of landslide in Nuku and Tabiang," Mr Sigrah said.

"The families have been staying with relatives and some have moved to the mainland.

"Soil erosion is becoming a major problem and as a result some villagers haven't been able to plant - the situation is getting worse.

"We can see the effects of the soil erosion on the island. It's a concern because the people depend on subsistence farming and fishing."

Mr Sigrah said the council has requested help from the Commissioner Northern to carry out rehabilitation work on buildings.

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