Actions to reduce Nadi floods underway

Caption: IWRM Nadi Demonstration Project Manager Vinesh Kumar at the Basin Catchment Committee meeting yesterday. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.

By JOSEPHINE NAVULA

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) will be reviewing its exit strategy of reducing flooding in Nadi, at this year?s Nadi Basin Catchment Committee (NBCC) first meeting that was held yesterday at the Nadi Town Council Chambers.

IWRM Nadi Demonstration Project Manager Vinesh Kumar said there?s no definite solution for looking after the water level.

?The reason we put up this project is to see how best we can manage with flood waters. We have been looking at the forestry activities up stream, put up early warning systems and set up disaster committees to be committed in the village,? he said.

Kumar said the main purpose of the meeting is to set up a committee to look after the decisions that have been undertaken by the members.

?We have decided to form a management committee to look at sustaining for future funding and activities for the project,? he said

As part of NBCC projects, there are two sirens functioning in Nadi to alert the people on the rise of water level.

?The two sirens haven?t been commissioned but it?s up and running. They are stationed at Sikituru and at the back of the Nadi Fire Authority Building,? he said.

Kumar later added, they have been working hard to keep the project sustainable.

?We needed some kind of mechanism to keep this project sustainable. The issue is about adaptive we can be,? he said.

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