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Safety First For Residents

Safety First For Residents
Mohammad Faiyaz of Fulton Hogan Highways shows a large fallen tree that blocked Kasavu road along Kings Highway before it was cleared yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.
January 02
11:05 2016

 

 

The people of Kasavu and Baulevu, Naitasiri, followed weather warnings to remain safe yesterday as the tropical depression affecting the Fiji Group brought gusty winds, heavy rain, and flash flooding.

Kasavu Village and Baulevu are situated along the Rewa River.

Heavy rain and strong winds on Thursday night damaged some properties, broke some power lines and felled trees.

Baulevu resident Mohammed Iftikar, 40, said he instructed his family members to remain indoors because of broken power lines and broken tree branches on the road.

“I did not allow any of my family members to step outside the house because I am concerned about their safety,” he said.

“We have prepared our rations in case Cyclone Ula hits Fiji,” he said.

Mr Iftikar said falling tree branches and trees snapped power lines which cut power supply to the area.

Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) workers repaired broken power lines while Fulton Hogan Hiways workers cleared trees and branches blocking the road.

The FEA also warned people to stay away from damaged power lines

Meanwhile, a family living at the Naduruloulou Agriculture Research Station in Kasavu also remained indoors yesterday after a big tree fell close to their home.

It damaged their power line and their compound gate.

Kasanita Ratu, 42, an agriculture officer said the incident happened after 8am.

“I was inside with my husband and our children when we heard a sound,” she said.

“When we came out, we saw a big tree had fallen on our compound. I thank God that the tree did not fall on our home,” she said.

Mrs Ratu did not allow her children to leave their house as the bad weather continued.

Meanwhile, Fulton Hogan Hiways workers were at Sawani Road from 8am clearing away a tree that was blocking the road.

A worker, Saimoni Veiyala said: “We are on standby to clear fallen trees and tree branches from the road or any mudslide.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Vijay Nath said: “My ministry is on standby to help people. We have briefed our team on safety measures they should take if anything happens,” he said.

Mr Nath is advising the public  to look after their family members and stay safe during the bad weather.

Edited by Maikeli Seru

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