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Fallen Power Poles Upset Tailevu Farmers

Fallen Power Poles Upset  Tailevu Farmers
People walking past broken power lines and post brought down by a landslide at Bautikina Road. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
December 17
11:00 2016

Irate farmers yesterday expressed their frustrations over three fallen power poles at Baulevu Road in Kasavu, Tailevu.

The poles, knocked over by a landslide triggered by heavy rain, had blocked the road.

They prevented the farmers from taking their produce to the markets.

Vinesh Kumar, 50, of Calia, Baulevu, said he had been waiting from 8.30am to 4pm when the Fiji Sun team arrived at the scene.

He said: “Because of this incident, I can’t supply my yields to the market.”

Mr Kumar said he had harvested his crops, but would not be able to deliver them.

“This is a huge loss for me. My clients are calling and waiting for me, but what can I do?

“I have to get money to support my children’s studies,” he said.

Zahir Ali, 18, was waiting to transport his few tonnes of peeled cassava to buyers in Vatuwaqa, Suva and had been waiting since 9am.

“I called FEA five times today because if I don’t get to deliver these then it’s a waste and a huge loss for me,” he said.

Joji Sugu Turaga had to offload his cargo and walk to the other side of the road where he would wait for some other transport to take him to Wainisasi, which was another 30km from there.

Hasmukh Patel, Fiji Electricity Authority’s chief executive officer, said: “Teams are working in Baulevu and we expect to restore power supply by tomorrow early morning (today) around 2am.

“All areas that are normally supplied with electricity by FEA are energised except for the following areas: Deepwater Feeder-Feeder energised to a certain point. Fallen  pole at Natovi and once the pole is replaced and lines are re-pulled power supply to all customers in that area will be normalised on this feeder. The current outage areas are from Natovi, Nasoni, Lawaqa Settlement, Naqiqi, Dawasamu Government Station, Lolomalevu and Nasinu (Tailevu). Vunidawa Feeder-Parts of Vunidawa. Teams are working in that area.”

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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