Nausori Residents Plan For Evacuation
|Parts of the Wainibokasi Road in Nausori was flooded yesterday after the water levels at the Rewa River overflowed the crisis levels.|
Kaci Tupua, 41, of Nakaile Village in Wainibokasi, Nausori, said his Christmas plans were now on hold due to the floods.
“I had some plans for Christmas with all my children and relatives who visited from overseas but unfortunately now I have to put it on hold until the weather got better,” Mr Tupua said.
“We had planned to do a big lovo feast with some fun stuffs for all the children and planned to go to Kiuva for swim.
“But now looking at the flood water and our houses flooded, we have to cancel it because it is not only dangerous for the kids but nothing is more important than our lives.”
He said his family was considering seeking shelter in the nearest evacuation centre.
“Our nearest evacuation centre is Pundit Shreedhar Maharaj College as Burebasaga village is flooded,” he said.
“For now we have shopped for necessary emergency food items and have packed our clothes in case if we have to leave our home.”
Resident reminded of flooding seven years ago
Residents of Luvuluvu, Nausori, faced one of the biggest floods that reminded a resident of a major one seven years ago.
Abul Imtiaz, 35, of Luvuluvu, Wainibokasi, Nausori said the last big flooding they faced was during Tropical Cyclone Mick in 2009.
“The flood we are facing today reminds me of the flood we faced about seven years back in 2009 during the same period,” Mr Imtiaz said.
“It brought back memories as the 2009 cyclone destroyed and damaged a lot of our belongings and livestock.
“This depression, being so far and small yet had a major impact on our country.”
He said the first flood came up to about about a metre on Sunday morning but yesterday was almost up to the ceiling of his bottom flat.
“I have two tenants who live in the bottom two flats,” Mr Imtiaz said.
“One of them is in with us in our house on top and the other family is at their relative’s house due to the flood water reaching up to the ceiling of the flats.
“Today’s flood is worse as one of my boat drifted away by the strong currents in the Rewa River and some of my livestock died in the flood.”
He said although their compound and bottom two flats were flooded, it did not stop their Christmas spirit.
“We had initially planned to do the traditional lovo for Christmas but now we are considering doing something indoors like barbecue or pot roast as the kids are in the Christmas spirit and I don’t want to upset them,” Mr Imtiaz said.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika