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Karan Sends Out Team To Assess Floodgate In Navua Waterway

Permanent Secretary for Waterways Yogesh Karan says he had deployed staff members to look into the floodgate, said to be broken, at a waterway in Navua area. Mr Karan’s response
03 Dec 2017 13:46
Karan Sends Out Team To Assess Floodgate In Navua Waterway
Wainividio Neighbourhood Watch community president David Wise watching the floodgate at Wainividio on December 2, 2017. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Permanent Secretary for Waterways Yogesh Karan says he had deployed staff members to look into the floodgate, said to be broken, at a waterway in Navua area.

Mr Karan’s response follows concerns by residents of Wainidivio who say they are now in fear of their lives and property after the floodgate gave way during the rain over the past few days.

“I have sent staff to carry out an inspection today and I am waiting for the response. Gates will be fixed if it has been damaged,” Mr Karan said.

Some 15 houses are in this area and the waterway leads out into the ocean.

Wainividio Neighbourhood Watch community president David Wise said they had been facing constant flood issues for the past two years now.

And the rain in recent days was not helping. During high tide, water from the sea comes right up to their doorsteps and in this rain it had become worse.

“We are hoping that something could be done soon so our livelihood is not affected.”

He said this was not the first time the floodgates had broken over the course of two years. It had been fixed some time ago.

Mr Wise owns a Kanace fish farm, poultry and plants other crops. He said he’s lost $3000 earnings in two days.

Relevant authorities, according to him, were waiting for the funds so they could build a gate to block the water from coming inside the waterway.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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