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Villagers Stranded

Villagers of Naqali and those in the upper Naitasiri area could not get to their homes yesterday morning as floodwaters swept through the roads. And it was also the same
22 Feb 2016 10:14
Villagers Stranded
The flooded Naqali bridge after cyclone Winston on Saturday night.

Villagers of Naqali and those in the upper Naitasiri area could not get to their homes yesterday morning as floodwaters swept through the roads.

And it was also the same for villagers of Muana Village in Toga, Rewa, who could not get through an Irish crossing to their village because of flooding.

Lomai, Naitasiri villager Vakasei Demeniko, 59, had left his village at 12pm last Saturday to come and check his wife who was a vendor at Suva Market.

Upon reaching Suva, he was told that the market had closed and his wife had returned to the village.

He has not been able to contact his family at the village since then.

“Because of the curfew on Saturday night there was no transport to take me back home so I stayed in Suva,” Mr Demeniko said.

“I came early this morning because I am worried about my family at the village but now it’s flooded and I’ll have to wait until the water goes down so I can go home to see my family,” he said.

Muana villager Iliesa Natanu, 54, was also stranded at the crossing to the village yesterday.

Mr Natanu left his village early yesterday morning to check on his daughter at Dilkusha in Nausori.

“I came across with the help of a rope but now I don’t know how to get back as water level has risen. I will just have to wait till the water goes down then cross,” he said.

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