Church skips prayer due to king tide

A house at Fishing Village during low tide.
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THE unusual king tide which affects low lying islands in the country has forced Transfiguration Church at Fishing Village, Western province, to skip one of its programme.

Speaking to Island Sun Gizo, church member Emma Edau said for the past few weeks their church has been filled with salt water due to the high tide.

This has forced the church to postpone their programmes.

“As strong Christians we normally gather together in our church for prayer daily, but this unusual tide has stopped us from going to church.

“Our church leaders encouraged us to pray in our household and that is what we do at the moment,” Edau said.

Island Sun understands that the Fishing Village is vulnerable to sea level rise.

The village is sitting on coral stones filled with ground in a muddy mangrove area.

Residents of the village have been filling ground in an effort to raise the ground few metres above sea level.

Neighbouring villages have also been reported to be affected by the king tide.

Report reaching this paper says the tide has also flooded few houses during high tides at Nusabaruku village.