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Levuka People Surprised By Flash Floods: Rakuita

  People of Levuka were caught by surprise yesterday when floodwaters caused by heavy rain swept through the town. The flash flood disrupted businesses and affected many households. Levuka Town
25 Nov 2018 13:32
Levuka People Surprised By Flash Floods: Rakuita
Flood waters gush through Levuka Town on November 24, 2018. Photo: Manhar Vithal

 

People of Levuka were caught by surprise yesterday when floodwaters caused by heavy rain swept through the town.

The flash flood disrupted businesses and affected many households.

Levuka Town Council’s chief executive officer Josese Rakuita said it was not the first time the people of Levuka had faced flash floods. But this one was bad because it hit many businesses and homes.

“This was the second time this month the town has been hit by flash floods,” he said.

He said everyone was caught by surprise by the size of the  flash floods.

“The flooding was reported between 6am and 7am at various locations around Levuka. In some of the places, people’s movement was restricted by debris.

“The town council workers were out on the field to assist as many people as they could to ensure everyone was safe.

“Luckily there were no casualties reported,” Mr Rakuita said.


Pacific Fishing Company (PAFCO) general manager Brett Carter said the floods had affected their business and their electricity cut too.

“The water entered into the building and as the result of the flash flooding, the electricity was affected.

“As far as I am aware, there was no damage reported to me by the staff on the ground,” Mr Carter said.

Director of Narson’s Supermarket in Levuka Town, Shalen Prasad said he was yet to determine the cost of the damages sustained as a result.

“The shop usually opens at 7.30am but due to the floods, we opened after 10am as the flood waters had entered and damaged most of the items in the shop.

“There was a loss of business for three hours for us because we had to clean up the supermarket before it opened for business,” Mr Prasad said.

Anna Tafoou, a vegetable and grog shop owner, said around 6am, her shop was flooded.

She said due to the flash flooding the products in the shop were damaged.

“We cleaned the shop and tried to sell the products that we were able to save. The yaqona was not damaged or affected by the flooding.

“We have not estimated the cost of the damaged yet as it was a busy day and we had to sell our products.

“We were glad that there were a lot of helping hands around for the rescue,” Ms Tafoou said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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