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335 Evacuees Safe In Eight Centres In Naitasiri

335 Evacuees Safe In  Eight Centres In Naitasiri
Alivereti Naisilasila (front) of Nausori Fire Station assists DISMAC officials to cross the flooded Naqali Road in Naitasiri on April 11, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
April 12
12:01 2018

Government teams made sure that the people were safe and there were no emergencies or casualties reported from their area.


The National Disaster Management Office has confirmed that there are 355 evacuees in eight evacuation centres in the Naitasiri province.

A team of representatives from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, National Fire Authority, Fiji Police Force, Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Naitasiri District Office and Ministry of Agriculture have also been moving through flooded villages since Tuesday.

Naitasiri District Office staff member Asakaia Tabua said they made sure that the people were safe and there were no emergencies or casualties reported from their area.

“We wanted everyone in our area to be safe and hence we made sure that we do regular patrols through the fibre glass boats to check on all the evacuation centres and villages affected by the flood,” said Mr Tabua, 23, of Naluwai Village.

“We delivered rations and helped members of the community and villagers with their families in transportation from their home to the nearest evacuation centres when the weather got worse.

“The team has been servicing the area since Tuesday and we have been looking out for all and gave the best we could,” Mr Tabua said.

A Social Welfare Department employee, Vilikesa Sabalala, said his team had been out in the villages since Tuesday to ensure everyone was secure and safe.

“We have been out and about visiting flooded villages in this side of Naitasiri to ensure all residents are safe and are getting the best services we can provide them with,” said Mr Sabalala, 25, who also hails from the province.

“We had to monitor the weather and flood when the situation got worse as Tropical Cyclone Keni approached on Tuesday.”

Because Naqali Bridge was flooded with more than five feet of flood water, residents from Naitasiri North always face challenges trying to cross to the other side of the river.

During the floods, they have to look for alternative means of transportation to cross the flooded bridge which is located in a flood prone area. Edited by Percy Kean


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