26 Jan 2015

Tiny village in Vanuatu to get sea wall

3:14 pm on 26 January 2015

A British scientist is in a tiny village on Emau Island in Vanuatu to scope a new project to build a sea wall.

Dr David Lees, a consultant with the Department of Public Works, will work with engineers to ensure the village is defended from raging sea waters that threaten the village and its agricultural land.

The island, close to the north coast of Efate, will receive a 400-metre sea wall and a jetty for visitors coming and going from Wiana village.

Dr Lees says the wall is an answer to the villagers' prayers, and will be a model for other villages around Vanuatu to follow.