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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 assist DISMAC official cross flooded Naqali road in Naitasiri on April 11, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 12
11:00 2018

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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