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Villagers Worried As Rain Continues, River Keeps Rising

Traffic along the Bagaraki Settlement in Savusavu came to a halt yesterday after a major landslide covered the whole road with soil and debris.     Meli Matalevu, 45, who
03 Jan 2019 11:58
Villagers Worried As Rain Continues, River Keeps Rising
The water level of the Urata river in Savusavu was rising on January 2, 2019.

Traffic along the Bagaraki Settlement in Savusavu came to a halt yesterday after a major landslide covered the whole road with soil and debris.    

Meli Matalevu, 45, who resides in the settlement, said that it was around 1.30pm when he heard a loud noise outside his home.

“It was raining heavily and I thought that there was an accident at first,” he said.

Mr Matalevu said he then stepped outside and saw that the road was covered with soil and cars could not pass through.

“I was shocked to see what happened because the soil was all over the road from what looked like a landslide,” he said.

“Traffic both ways were affected as vehicles could not cross. Vehicles were forced to stop on both sides,” he said.

A statement issued by Fiji Roads Authority said works had started on the clearance of the debris.

FRA workers also managed to clear part of the road allowing one lane to open to controlled traffic following the landslide along Traninsular Road, Savusavu.

FRA said the slip side had a power pole with live wire and Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) had been notified to shut down the power before clearance work started.

FRA has also urged drivers to be cautious along the road.

Edited by Percy Kean

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