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Source: FijiOne News

For Ogea Islanders, nothing can be further from the truth than the advice given by the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara in the early 1980s during a Lau Provincial Council meeting held in Tubou. Lakeba, when he told the people of Lau to be prepared as the sea level, will keep rising.

And now close to 40 years later, Ogea has faced the full brunt of rising sea levels. What used to be the village cricket pitch and the village green is now a pool of seawater with most of the village houses subjected to sea inundation at high tide.

For 71-year-old Tevita Tikotani, the beautiful setting of his village is now just memories. Tikotani left his village in 1985 for Suva and returned this year, only to be confronted with the situation of his village….

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