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Rain Causes Flood Concerns

  Most parts of Viti Levu have been experiencing heavy rains, thunderstorms and lightning. This is expected to continue until tonight as an active trough of low pressure was located
06 Jan 2017 11:00
Rain Causes Flood Concerns
Seven years old Ben Vueta paddle his floater across his backyard flooded by heavy rain at the Naibuluvatu settlement at Laqere yesterday.Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

Most parts of Viti Levu have been experiencing heavy rains, thunderstorms and lightning.

This is expected to continue until tonight as an active trough of low pressure was located yesterday, slowly moving over the Eastern part of Fiji.

Fiji Meteorological Services director Ravind Kumar said the trough was once again likely to bring heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding of low lying areas.

Mr Kumar said the centre was currently monitoring a tropical disturbance which, for now, could not be confirmed if it would develop or not.

“The potential for TD06F to develop into a Tropical Cyclone is low.” Fiji Meteorological Services website confirmed.

Areas lacking proper drainage yesterday were flooded.

People in the low-lying areas have to take safety precautions and stay updated with the latest weather updates.

Tropical Depression 04F, which caused heavy flooding in areas like Rakiraki, Navua and Nausori, has worried people in the flood prone areas.

For the past few days, now people have been worried about heavy rainfall, which has seen water levels in rivers near the villages rise.

A Balenabelo villager near Vatukarasa on Coral Coast, Luisa Natiri said the situation could economically bring them down.

“We are farmers and we sell only what we yield on the roads of Malevu and for the past few days, we have been also experiencing a very heavy downpour,” Ms Natiri said.

People in Nadi area have been calling  the Fiji Sun office asking about the latest weather updates and tell of their worry, should there be any flood warnings.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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