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Assesment Reveals Scale Of Flash Flood Damage

Assesment Reveals Scale Of Flash Flood Damage
Northern Principal Agriculture Officer Paula Tuione Photo: Shratika Naidu
April 12
10:00 2018


More than 300 farmers copped damages worth more than $400,000 during the recent flash floods in the Northern Division, an assessment report has revealed.

According the report, 163 farmers in Bua were affected, suffering damages reaching $195,250 across an estimated 42 hectares of land.

The second-most affected were farmers in Macuata, with 129 farmers copping damages worth $150,389.70 across an estimated 40.6 hectares.

In third were 40 farmers from Cakaudrove, who, despite the small number affected, recorded damages rising up to $146,014.10 across an estimated 24 hectares.

The total estimated value of damage stood at $491,653.80 with a total of 332 farmers affected.

The affected crops included assorted vegetables, tobacco, rice, dalo, cassava and vudi.

Northern Principal Agriculture Officer Paula Tuione handed over the report to Commissioner Northern’s office during a briefing in Macuata House, Labasa yesterday.

Mr Tuione said he was on the ground assessing which crops were worse-affected during the flash floods.

“The few days of heavy rain in the Northern Division has greatly damaged green leafy vegetables in the three provinces,” Mr Tuione said.

“There are other crops like rice, dalo, cassava, banana and vudi that have been damaged also.”

The flash floods earlier this month were caused by an intense bout of rain that along, with agriculutral damage, forced the evacuation of hundreds of people

He said the number affected could increase once the full assessment is complete.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel


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