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People Heeding Advice, Not Taking Any Chances

People Heeding  Advice, Not Taking Any Chances
Villages of Emuri waiting to move across the river which has flooded the Irish crossing. Photo:LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI
February 08
11:07 2017

One-hundred-and-eleven families took no chance and sought shelter in the five evacuation centres in the West during heavy rain and floods caused by TD09F.

Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau said the families that sought shelter there were doing it for their own safety.

By yesterday morning, only one family was still left at one of the evacuation centres, Yavusania SDA Church.

The five centres opened were Toko Primary School in Tavua, Nadi Sangam College, Andrews Primary School, Navosa Central College and Yavusania SDA Church.

Mr Tagicakibau said waters had receded in Rakiraki and the main rain band yesterday was hovering over the Ba, Lautoka and Nadi area.

The Balevuto Dam had to be shut down because of the influx of dirty water and Mr Tagicakibau said this was normal during heavy rain.

“I repeat my warning to the public to please stay away from flooded drains and waterways as we still are getting reports of people jumping into flooded streams and creeks.”

“I also urge the public to please make use of the evacuation centres if you feel your house may be unsafe during weather conditions as such.”

“It is better to be safe and by the next day you could always go back to check your properties.”

“You must make sound judgement especially when moving your children around.”

“Children must also be stopped by adults from playing in flooded areas.”

Meanwhile 52 roads, bridges, approaches to bridges and Irish Crossings were still closed yesterday.

Many Irish Crossings were either underwater or had their culverts washed away.

At Papai in Lautoka, people continued to make the risky crossing over the flooded and damaged Irish Crossing.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said people must not take risks as one slip could end up being fatal.

“We continue to ask the public to adhere to these warnings.”

Rain eased off by late yesterday afternoon but people have been requested to listen to weather updates. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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