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Fix Rubbish Issue, Qauia Resident Pleads

Cleaning up after floodwaters have receded is always heartbreaking for families of Qauia Settlement, Lami. Rachael Cagialau, 21, said the family had endured hardship through flooding. “Our home gets flooded
08 Dec 2014 11:02
Fix Rubbish Issue, Qauia Resident Pleads
Police officer and Qauia residents at the place where the body of Watisoni Vutaga was found in Qauia River, Lami, yesterday. Photo: Rama

Cleaning up after floodwaters have receded is always heartbreaking for families of Qauia Settlement, Lami.

Rachael Cagialau, 21, said the family had endured hardship through flooding.

“Our home gets flooded mostly due to the rubbish clogging at the bridge,” she said.

Cagialau and her family have been living in the area for the past 26 years.

“Rubbish is always piled near the homes and during heavy rains it gets washed down the river and majority gets stuck. When the water overflows, flooding occurs and homes get damaged.

“We are requesting that something be done to the rubbish as we do not come under the Lami Town Council or the Suva City Council because we are in a settlement.”

She said as the water level started rising on Saturday, they had to move their belongings to their brothers home located up a hill.

“Only our toilet and bathroom got damaged for the second time this year.”

The family was rebuilding a new toilet and bathroom after the January floods this year when the flooding on Saturday damaged the foundation.

“We have endured a lot of suffering but we are still holding on and the only thing we can do is take better precautionary measures than the previous time and pray,” she said.

Rubbish were all strewn in the compounds, stuck on tree branches and blocking the Qauia Bridge when Fiji Sun visited the area yesterday.

Residents were also clearing debris caught under the bridge.

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