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Toga Road Flooded

A forty-two year old villager is worried for his family’s safety. Savenaca Rokovesa of Muana village, Toga Road in Nausori said his family’s safety was his first priority but unfortunately
19 Dec 2016 11:00
Toga Road Flooded
The entrance to Toga road flooded. Photo: Ron Vave Photography

A forty-two year old villager is worried for his family’s safety.

Savenaca Rokovesa of Muana village, Toga Road in Nausori said his family’s safety was his first priority but unfortunately he was stuck across the  river from home.

A security guard in Nausori Town, Mr Rokovesa was on his way back from work early yesterday morning when he saw the Toga Road Bridge was under deep flood waters.

“The water was deep and I was not able to cross it to go home to my family.

“I worry for my family’s safety because I have two kids and wife at home without any supervision for their safety,” Mr Rokovesa said.

He said he witnessed the current flow of the flooded water was so high and none of the vehicles could cross over.

“I tried to cross the bridge but the flow of the water was very strong so I turned back and waited for any big vehicles to cross and I would go with them but none did because you could not see the road or the bridge at all.

“I just hope and pray while I wait for a chance to go home, my family is safe,” Mr Rokovesa said.

 

Farmer contemplates future

Satendra Naidu, 59,  a farmer of Waila Road, Nausori was worried and concerned for his family’s safety and his vegetable plantation.

Mr Naidu’s house was safe from the flood waters as it was on high posts but his vegetable garden was destroyed by the flood waters.

He said the plantation of vegetables was his only source of income for his family which was affected in the flood yesterday after the Rewa River burst its bank.

“For my wife, daughter and I, my vegetable plantation was all we had to earn ourselves a few dollars.

“Now all I can do is sit in front of my house and cry for help because I don’t have anywhere else to go or anything else I could do for my wife and daughter,” Mr Naidu said.

He said after his retirement as a school teacher about eight years ago, vegetables were his passion to grow and sell.

“I loved to eat healthy and fresh vegetables and after my retirement I started to plant my own at home and I had neighbours come to buy my vegetables.

“Soon after that I started selling the vegetables alongside the road and market in Nausori Town to earn a few dollars so I could provide food for my family,” Mr Naidu said.

He said he was now waiting for the flood water to go down before he could plant another set of vegetables in his garden.

“Right now I cannot do much about the condition because the flood water from Rewa River has crossed over but I have thought once everything is back to normal I will start on my vegetable garden again,” Mr Naidu said.

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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