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Heavy Rain Closes Roads, Ra Villagers Stranded

People can expect more rain in the coming days, heavy at times and oc­cassional thunderstorms. The Fiji Meteorological Services says the country is experiencing a trough of low pressure with
18 Oct 2018 14:09
Heavy Rain Closes Roads, Ra Villagers Stranded

People can expect more rain in the coming days, heavy at times and oc­cassional thunderstorms.

The Fiji Meteorological Services says the country is experiencing a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain which is slowly moving over the Fiji group.

Villagers that were cut off by flood waters in the interior of Ra yesterday may have to wait till the rivers subside.

The Savusavu Crossing at Nasau and the Burelevu Crossing were both under flood waters yesterday from the heavy rain in the mountainous areas in Ra.

The villages cut off are: Navitile­vu, Nawairuku, Ovalau, Nakorovou, Sawanivou, Namaralawaki, Nasau, Nabu­makita, Nukulau, Nauria, Nasukamai, Na­savu, Nararavou, Namara, Nabalasere and Naqelecibi.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) confirmed in a statement yesterday, that a total of 24 roads were closed in the Central Division, three roads in the North­ern Division and six roads in the Western Division.

In the Northern Division, the crossings and roads that were closed off included Sigawe Crossing on Namuavoivoi Road in Natua, Savudrodro Road before Savudrodro Village in Savusavu and Waibula Bridge on the North Coastal Road in Taveuni.

However, the Kilaka Bridge on the Kubu­lau Peninsular in Savusavu was open to traffic and drivers are urged to drive with care along this bridge.

In the Western Division the crossings and roads that were closed included, Savusavu Crossing, Burelevu Crossing, Drana Cross­ing, Barotu Circular Flat, Katudrau and the Narara first Crossing.

FRA also urged motorists not to drive into water of unknown depth and current because this was dangerous. Members of the public are also advised to take be extra careful and avoid flooded areas and low-lying areas.

The FRA confirmed that they were closely monitoring all roads in the Central Divi­sion, Western Division, Northern Division and the Eastern Division.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

 

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