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EFL Probes Possible Electrocution

EFL Probes Possible Electrocution
Vuisiga Village headman Joeli Cama points at the electrical wire that allegedly claimed the life of Alipate Vakataleivalu at Navatu Settlement on April 29, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
April 30
15:17 2018


Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) is investi­gating the circum­stances surrounding the death of a 25-year-old man at Navatu settle­ment near Vuisiga Vil­lage, Vunidawa, Naita­siri, and last Saturday.

This is after revelations that the man, Alipate Vakataleivalu, is be­lieved to have been elec­trocuted after coming into contact with a pow­erline that had been used to hang clothes and had fallen on a meter box.

The incident also led to three other people, two children aged four years old and six years old and a 23-year-old villager, being taken to hospital, treated and sent home.

The investigation has been confirmed by EFL spokesperson Karunesh Rao.

Vuisiga Village headmen Joeli Cama said he was with an inspec­tion team from EFL last Saturday.

Mr Cama said he was advised that this was a bush wiring at the house, which was somehow con­nected to an old wire.

“There is a boy who lives here who I heard does this kind of work and he did some on it and as a result he connected the power di­rectly instead of using the proper method,” Mr Cama said.

Mr Vakataleivalu died after he was allegedly electrocuted when he touched a line used for hanging clothes which had fallen on a me­ter box at about 2pm on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Ana Nai­soro said that Mereseini Raqini­vulagi, 6, and Tarau Rai­dilo, 4, were playing with the meter box outside the home belonging to a 23-year-old farmer, Navi­talai Raidoi, and it is believed they accidently switched on the meter just as Mr Vakataleivalu was touching the fallen clothes line.

“The 23-year-old tried to rescue the victim when he was shocked by elec­trical currents,” Ms Nai­soro said.

“All four were rushed to the Vunidawa Hospital where Mr Vakataleivalu was pronounced dead on arrival.

“The remaining three victims were treated and sent home as investiga­tions continue.

“A post-mortem exami­nation will be conducted to find out the cause of death,” Ms Naisoro said.

Year 9 student of Nas­inu Muslim College, Tarusila Annie, 15, was at her house when she heard Mr Vakataleivalu shouting and ran to assist him.

She said when she reached his house, he was lying down and she did not know what to do and went to seek assistance from Mr Raidoi.

Edited by Epineri Vula



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