SUNBIZ

High Swells Floods Village In Kadavu

Maika Bolatiki SUVA Three out of the 10 houses of Tabuya village in Nabukelevu, Kadavu were damaged yesterday by high swells that inundated the village. Speaking from Tabuya, villager Navitalai
24 May 2016 15:49
High Swells Floods Village In Kadavu

Maika Bolatiki

SUVA

Three out of the 10 houses of Tabuya village in Nabukelevu, Kadavu were damaged yesterday by high swells that inundated the village.

Speaking from Tabuya, villager Navitalai Cavalevu said he alerted the villagers to move to higher ground after he was awoken by the first swell at 5.30am.

“I called other villagers to wake up and quickly go to higher ground,” he said.

He had to maneuver his fibre outboard boat around the village that had been flooded to transport two mothers, their children and all the elders to two village houses that were located at a higher elevation.

The swells were generated by storms near New Zealand.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said Police and soldiers at Tavuki visited the village yesterday and set up an evacuation centre.

Mr Cavalevu said the high swells continued till low tide (around 1:20pm) and they were keeping a close watch.

His wife Vilimaina Veibataki said their was house was damaged as it was near to the sea.

“The village has 10 houses and two on the hill,” she said.

Altogether, she said there are more than 40 people in the village and the students had left for school, Nasegai District School  on Sunday afternoon.

The village was filled with sand when they visited it at low tide.

She said they were lucky that no one had died.

All the houses she said were flooded and three were damaged.

A small bridge used for their crossing was washed away by the waves so they had to follow another new road to the two houses on the hill.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fijisun E-edition
Tanoa Waterfront Lautoka Fiji
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: