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Families Travel Dangerously; Call For Help To Repair Road

Families Travel Dangerously; Call For Help To Repair Road
April 22
10:00 2016


Four families in a rural settlement in Lautoka travel each day from their homes hoping the road does not give way underneath them.

The portion of the road near their homes in Vakabuli Paipai was hit by a big landslide recently washing away a big chunk.

Only a thin strip is left and the families have cut into a hill to widen the road to allow vehicles, including cane trucks, to go through.

Thirty people make up the four families and they are always wary of more landslides.

The recent rains brought about during Tropical Cyclone Zena triggered the first landslide which saw debris hurtling down towards the Vakabuli Paipai Creek.

Director Sugar Viliame Gucake said he was not informed of the road but had to check first to see who was responsible for it.

“If it’s a cane access road then we are responsible for it and we will repair it,” Mr Gucake said.

He said he would send a team up to check the road today and would comment further after he had received the report.

Advisory Councillor Shamshad Ali said they were seeking assistance from Government and also the Fiji Sugar Corporation in repairing or making a new diversion.

“It has been like this from the recent floods and these families fear for their lives each day as they travel on this portion of the road,” Mr Ali said.

“We are also hoping FSC will assist.”

In the meantime, Mr Ali has offered the families to use a track which runs through his land to their homes.

“The road, which is more like a track, is not gravelled but vehicles can go on it,” he said.

Divisional planning officer West Sitiveni Tavaga said last night the matter had not been brought to his attention.

“I will check with MWH (road contractors) tomorrow for them to see which road it is,” he said.

“I’ll have to see whether it is Government road or a cane access road.”

Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive officer Abdul Khan could not be reached for comment last night.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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