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Shop owner in two minds after flood damages goods

Flooding on Sunday has left Ba shop owner Yung Chuner in two minds and thinking of whether to still pursue her business or quit. For the past 10 years since
16 Jan 2018 13:08
Shop owner in two minds after flood damages goods
Jung Chuner owner of Preity Shopping Centre cleaning her shop in Ba on January 15, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

Flooding on Sunday has left Ba shop owner Yung Chuner in two minds and thinking of whether to still pursue her business or quit.

For the past 10 years since it opened, Pre­ity Shopping Centre has never suffered as much damage as it experienced on Sun­day. It left the shop with a loss of more than $4000.

Ms Chuner said she was still not sure when they would be open for business be­cause of the major im­pact the flood water had caused to her shop.

“This time the damage is really bad and I do not know how we can recover from this,” she said.

“The water was about one metre high and most items at the bottom of the racks have been washed away.

“The school bags and shoes which is one of major selling stock were also washed away.

“To start the New Year like this is very upsetting.”

Ms Chuner added most of her employees were still not able to get to work since they have also been affected by the flood as well.

“I have nine employees, but right now we have only two working to help with the cleaning and setting everything in order,” she said.

“We are not sure when we will open there is still too much wa­ter and mud is everywhere and we are trying to clear everything, then maybe we start all over again.”

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: karalaini.tavi@fijisun.com.fj



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