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Waimalika Resident Taken by Surprise with Floodwaters

Residents of Waimalika in Nadi were taken by surprise this week as floodwaters seeped into their homes. It was not an issue before said Salanieta Mocelutu, 31, one of the
10 Feb 2017 11:02
Waimalika Resident Taken by Surprise with Floodwaters
Mocelutu family inside their family home which was underwater in Nadi yesterday. PHOTO:LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

Residents of Waimalika in Nadi were taken by surprise this week as floodwaters seeped into their homes.

It was not an issue before said Salanieta Mocelutu, 31, one of the residents whose home was filled with water on Wednesday.

The water level did not used to come up to their homes, even during Tropical Cyclone Winston, she said.

The mother of two and husband, Atunaisa Mocelutu, were preparing for work that morning when the heavy rains started at around 8am.

The couple decided to hang around for a while.

“We were all inside the sitting room and that’s when we saw that the water was rising and every time a heavy vehicle would cross the road, it would push the water inside our house,” said Mrs Mocelutu.

She told her family to move to their neighbour’s house taking with them a few items, and placed the rest on the top shelves.

Mrs Mocelutu said during Tropical Cyclone Winston, the flooding was nowhere near this week’s disaster.

When Mrs Mocelutu and her family thought they were out of danger, the water continued to rise. As a result, their neighbour’s home suffered the same fate.

The family had to move a second time to Mrs Mocelutu’s aunt’s place in Namaka.

“My father-in-law, Manasa Naivelou, had just returned from work when he saw us at the neighbour’s house.

“It was a frightening experience to witness the way the water rose. I just feared for the lives of my children who are very young.

“I did not know what was going to happen next. I thank God that there was no strong wind which could have been another story,” she said.

When the Fiji Sun visited the family yesterday, water had receded and they had started to clear the debris.



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