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Sewage Spillage Stops Sales

  Lautoka Municipal Market vendors based at the new wing were forced to stop their sales yesterday because of a sewage chamber spillage. Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone
17 Jan 2019 10:00
Sewage Spillage Stops Sales
Kelera Domona cleaning up part of the new wing at the Lautoka Municipal Market on January 16, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

 

Lautoka Municipal Market vendors based at the new wing were forced to stop their sales yesterday because of a sewage chamber spillage.

Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said one of the sewage chambers’ located inside the new wing had burst because of the heavy downpour.

“Our LCC workers attended to the problem immediately to clean up the affected area,” Mr Nakauvadra said.

“We are working on that and we have to do the cleaning up and this happened because of the rain. Today cleaning up is also taking place.”

A disappointed Kelera Domona, who has been a vendor at the market for the past 15 years, said she made no sales yesterday.

“It happened last night (Tuesday) at 6.30pm. We were still here, the sewage chamber opened and all the dirt came out and it gave out a really bad smell,” she said.

“I am very disappointed with this because I am the breadwinner for my family and since the morning I never made any sales because of the sewage problem.”

“With the rain yesterday, more water came out of the sewage chamber with the heavy rain. We had to put our vegetables on higher ground,” she said.

“Maybe about 10 times today (yesterday) I had to carry a bucket of water to wash away the mess from underneath my table.”

At least 20 vendors were affected, she added.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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