Poruma community calls for help

Poruma - community call for help to deal with erosion Jan 2014

King tides have yet again swept across the low-lying islands in the Torres Strait, flooding homes, roads and other infrastructure.

Poruma residents gathered at the seafront this month, calling on all levels of government to protect their island from coastal erosion and flooding. They held placards, some of which read “Help” and “What about us”, indicating a desperate cry for urgent action.

While king tides are an annual occurrence in the Torres Strait, residents are finding it harder and harder to deal with.

Federal and state government funding  for the Torres Strait Coastal Protection Works (Seawalls) Project is still pending, leaving many residents concerned about the next king tide.

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