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Residents Wary Of Weather

Residents Wary Of Weather
(L-R) Sireli Wainiqolo and Wasif Ali of Emily Road wading through their flooded road. Photo: Josaia Ralago
February 17
11:00 2017


I am tired of this, says Wasif Ali of Emily Road in Labasa who among many had to wade through a flooded river to get to town.

“This has been happening more often and we have to do this whenever there is a heavy rain,” Mr Ali said.

While the adults braved the rain and the flood, the students on the other hand, were forced to return to their homes when they approached the road in the morning.

This was because buses which serviced the area had stopped their runs for the morning  runs as they waited for the flood waters to recede.

“My four children in primary school are at home and I am worried that this kind of weather and its impact on our roads is going to affect their education,” Mr Ali said.

Another concerned member of the public, Sikeli Wainiqolo said; “My younger siblings came in the morning and were waiting by the roadside for the water to recede but to no avail.”

There are more than about 15,000 people that live along that road, most of whom had to stay home because of flooding and heavy rain.

Prone to flooding, Naqai Village outside Labasa Town, had parts of it already underwater when a team visited them yesterday afternoon.

Villager Tui Vunibola said while they were safe the tide has receded, if this weather continues for the next 12 hours then their homes would be underwater.

Mr Tui said flooding was becoming a constant occurrence.

The acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu has confirmed that there have been no reports of major flooding or death in the North.

“There are three PA in Vanua Levu and they are monitoring the weather conditions in their respective province and they have been providing daily reports,” Mr Bolalevu said.

Edited by Maraia Vula



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