Yalalevu

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Yalalevu is a settlement in the District of Ba in Fiji, bounded by the Ba River on the east, Namosau River on the south and the settlement and village of Nailaga towards the north and west. Most of Yalalevu is within the Ba town boundary and this area is known as the Yalalevu Ward for Local Government administrative purposes. [1] The terrain is mostly flat and not more than 5 metres above sea-level, consequently the area is prone to flooding. [2] The soil is fertile and being of so low elevation and close to rivers, the area is safe from droughts. The land is mostly free-hold, a rarity in Fiji.

Yalalevu is mostly a residential area but there are sugar cane farms in the areas not within the town boundary, although some areas within the town boundary is also used for cane farming. There are a few light industries in the area as well. There are two schools, Arya Kanya Pathshala and Ba Muslim Primary School within the town boundary and Ba Muslim Secondary School outside the town boundary. The main highway, King's Road passes through the settlement.

A number of famous people were either born in Yalalevu or spent a significant part of their life in the settlement.

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References

  1. Howard, Michael C. (2011). Fiji: Race and Politics in an Island State. UBC Press. p. 183. ISBN   9780774844666.
  2. Yeo, Stephen W.; Blong, Russell J. (2010). "Fiji's worst natural disaster: the 1931 hurricane and flood". Disasters. 34 (3): 657–683. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2010.01163.x. PMID   20298265.

Coordinates: 17°32′03″S177°40′41″E / 17.53416°S 177.67815°E / -17.53416; 177.67815