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Newly commissioned Mosi 3 Dam in the Nausori Highlands can alleviate flooding in Nadi - PM

Newly commissioned Mosi 3 Dam in the Nausori Highlands can alleviate flooding in Nadi - PM

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 18/06/2020
The 30-metres tall Mosi 3 Dam. [image: Mawi Donu/Facebook]

Over 70,000 people who call Nadi their home can now rest easy during a storm or heavy rain that causes flooding after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned the Mosi 3 Dam in the Nausori Highlands.

Bainimarama says they have taken decisive steps to avert the future of floodwaters devastating homes, schools and farms in the Nadi area.

He says they will not let Nadi’s aspiration of becoming a city to be drowned out by rising rivers, and they will not let the coming generations suffer from our inaction today.

The Prime Minister adds this network of flood alleviation infrastructure has constrained untold tonnes of raging river waters which have put homes, businesses and lives at-risk.

He says the 30-metres tall Mosi 3 Dam has kept waves of deadly floodwater upstream and out of Fijian communities but in times of heavy rains, this dam kicks into action, holding back peak discharges and keeping water levels at reasonable levels downstream in the Nadi Town area.

He adds the project represents a massive investment of $1.8 million but the cost of doing nothing, and let flooding continue unmitigated, would undoubtedly be far higher.

He further says this is why their work will not end with this new dam whereby the Ministry of Waterways will soon begin work on the Mosi 4 dam in the next fiscal year.

Mosi 4 dam in the next fiscal year.


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