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Tikoduadua Unhappy Children At Risk

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua, was disappointed that some parents held back their children in their homes when flood waters were rising. Mr Tikoduadua said this after
07 Dec 2014 10:35
Tikoduadua Unhappy Children At Risk
The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua, at Nabilo settlement in Korovou yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua, was disappointed that some parents held back their children in their homes when flood waters were rising.

Mr Tikoduadua said this after touring flood affected areas in Nabilo, Korovou, Tailevu yesterday.

He boarded Korovou fisherman, Shiu Dayal’s, punt.

The Fiji Sun news team accompanied the minister who was checking on homes affected by the rising floodwaters.

He warned a family, whose house was nearly flooded, to evacuate before the water rose but they declined to leave, replying that floodwaters had receded.

“I can see that flooding is quite extensive. I saw a few homes under water but the unfortunate thing is that parents can’t seem to…. that is not going to higher ground,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“I see children standing with their parents in flooded houses and even when we tell them to come they don’t. To me it’s acting really, really irresponsibly. So you need to know what time to go and the thing is, don’t forsake the lives of your family just because you don’t want to react to anything. It’s actually quite scary.”

He said navy officers were asked to help rescue families affected by the flood.

Mr Tikoduadua also confirmed they would have people on standby should there be a need to evacuate affected families before dark.

“If need be we will do that. At the moment the water has receded so we will give them the benefit of the doubt for now.

“Don’t take risk in floods. If you think your house is going to go under water think about your family and their security. That is the most important thing, so take them to higher ground.”

“But what we have seen and experienced today is not very, very good; seeing parents hanging around with their children and not wanting to leave their homes.

“They may be looking after the safety of their homes but don’t compromise the safety of your children,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

The Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, also visited Nabilo.

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