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Stranded for not heeding Police warnings

By WATI TALEBULA People were stranded by floodwaters at Qauia, Lami, near Suva, yesterday because they did not heed the Police warning. Police officer Timoci Buliruarua said he had been
28 Feb 2014 10:49

By WATI TALEBULA

People were stranded by floodwaters at Qauia, Lami, near Suva, yesterday because they did not heed the Police warning.
Police officer Timoci Buliruarua said he had been informing people to evacuate but they did not take him seriously.
“They thought this will be like previous years so they thought it will not affect them and they stayed and did not evacuate.”
A resident El-jamine Edwards said the water level rose so fast it was unbelievable.
“The water level rose so fast that within 10 minutes the water was up to my knee so I told my partner for us to leave as fast as we could,” Mrs Edwards said.
“We had to risk travelling in our car just to reach the dry ground and to keep the children safe but the warning for high tide is 5pm and it is just after 2pm but looking at how the water has risen it is just not good news.”
Another resident Veronika Naduva said the first thought that came to her mind was to take the children to higher ground.
“I thought that after lunch we would leave the house but within minutes our house was flooded and I just thought to take the children somewhere safe,” she said.
“We couldn’t save anything because I had to save the children and even the Qauia Bridge is broken and people are still on the other side.”
The Qauia police station was flooded and only half of the building can be seen.


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