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Blocked Floodgate Angers Families

Blocked Floodgate  Angers Families
The Nasekula village back road bridge flood water this week.PHOTO:PENI DRAUNA
March 10
11:00 2017

A blocked floodgate has led to a portion of road at Nasekula Village in Labasa under water for one week now.

As a result, six families are finding it hard to access transportation.

Labasa Drainage Board chairperson, Maikali Dimuri, claimed that this happened because of piles of debris and rubbish blocking the Nasekula Back Road floodgate.

Mr Dimuri said residents along Naodamu and Nasekula Village road and the bus companies in the area had the tendency of polluting the Nasekula River – which in turn blocks the floodgate resulting to the flooded road.

“This is one of the most polluted floodgates in Labasa due to the continuous disposal of rubbish and we are requesting people not to dump rubbish into the rivers,” Mr Dimuri said.

“We have also included the relocation of the floodgate in our 2018 submission to Government, but really it is up to the people to take an initiative because they are the ones that would be affected by it.

“It is in our plans that we relocate the floodgate to a lower part of the river,” Mr Dimuri said.

Taraivosa Raiqiso of Nasekula Village said finding transportation to take her to town was difficult because no vehicle would want to cross the flooded road.

“Going through the back road is much cheaper than taking the taxi through the village for the front village road,” Mrs Raiqiso said.

Similar sentiments were shared by another resident, Naomi Marama.

She said she had to wade through the flooded waters to go to town.

“The continuous rainfall from the weekend has made this river to burst its banks,” Mrs Marama said.

Labasa Sangam College Year 11 student, Emori Koroilagilagi said every morning and afternoon he takes off his sandals before he walks through the flooded water.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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