Plans are underway for the relocation of 10 villages, in the Western Division, facing the effects of climate change and natural disasters.

Acting Commissioner Western Luke Moroivalu said the office had conducted surveys and from the result these villages needed to be relocated because they were prone to flooding.

“Relocation is an expensive exercise, however we need to draw up proper guidelines that will outline the various projects that will be included to assist the people,” Mr Moroivalu said.

“When we talk about relocation of villages, we need to consider funding, sanitation, water supply, economic projects that will assist villagers.”

Mr Moroivalu highlighted that various agencies need to have holistic approach to such projects because we are dealing with the livelihood of people.

“We need to involve all stakeholders during the planning period and ensure there is no duplication of exercises to allow villagers to understand the purpose of relocation and how well they can adapt to the new environment,” Mr Moroivalu said.

Semo Village in Nadroga will be among the first to be relocated because it is prone to flooding.

Earlier this year, during his visit to the flood affected areas, the Prime Minister Rear Admiral Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama said relocation would put an end to flooding in these villages.