Storm Sweeps Man To His Death

  Ravinesh Chand says he cannot believe his father is dead. The body of Vijay Chandra, 44, was found by police in a river near Bailey Bridge, Laucala Beach yesterday,
21 Dec 2015 11:07
Storm Sweeps Man To His Death
Police officers searching for the body of missing person , Vijay Naidu in the river at Bailey Bridge in Laucala Beach yesterday.Photo:Shahani Mala


Ravinesh Chand says he cannot believe his father is dead.

The body of Vijay Chandra, 44, was found by police in a river near Bailey Bridge, Laucala Beach yesterday, after he fell in a drain at the height of the storm.

Mr Chand said they were still trying to come to terms with their loss.

“If he fell into that culvert then his body should be stuck there and he is a huge man, how can this happen, it’s unbelievable.”

“He usually went out during the weekends;  and was always back at home the same day; he drank responsibly and was not rowdy; what had happen to him is a shock to our family,” he said.

Police Spokesperson, Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said it was believed that due to heavy rain on Saturdaynight, his body could have been swept by strong currents when he fell into the drain.

Mr Chand said: “We were hoping to see him until police arrived at our home to inform us of what had happened; that he fell into a drain and they were searching for his body.

“He was picked up from Kick Off in a taxi and was on his way home to be dropped off last night (Saturday) and during that time it was heavily raining.

“According to what we received from police that the taxi driver who came to drop him told police that my dad fell into a culvert when he got off the taxi and then police started searching for his body from Saturday night till today (yesterday),” he said.

“The body has been found and post mortem will be conducted soon to determine the cause of death,” he said.

Meanwhile according to the Fiji Meteorological Office, isolated heavy rain is expected in the next few days.

“A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and showers remains slow moving over the Fiji group with occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms over most places.”


Water, power cuts

Power and water cuts were experienced in parts of the Central Division yesterday.

Fiji Electricity Authority executive projects and public relations manager, Karunesh Rao said the power blackout was not a major one and it was due the fault at one of the supply. The power was fully restored by last night.

Flash floods also hit the Central Division for the past two days causing destruction.

Parts of the Nausori, Nasinu and Suva area experienced water cuts yesterday.

Qauia Village resident, Tevita Sau said the area was without water from the morning.

“We did not receive any warning from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) but I think it was due to the heavy rain as this has been the trend,”Mr Sau said.

“The bridge was flooded and the trees which blocked the bridge were removed early yesterday morning,”he said.

Efforts to attain comments from WAF yesterday were not successful.

With the heavy rain season now in place, it would be advisable for people to store up safe drinking water.

Edited by: Nemani Delaibatiki


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