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Residents Fear As Continuous Rain Floods Homes

According to the Fiji Meteorological Service, rain will continue for the next 48 hours at least. This is due to the trough of low pressure affecting the nation.
20 Mar 2020 10:11
Residents Fear As Continuous Rain Floods Homes
Viliame Masei 17 clears the waterway as heavy rain caused flash flooding at River Road in Narere on March 19, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Immense rainfall overnight caused flooding in areas along the Nasinu to Nausori corridor.

According to the Fiji Meteorological Service, rain will continue for the next 48 hours at least. This is due to the trough of low pressure affecting the nation.

Overnight rainfall from Wednesday to Thursday was recorded to have been 269 millimetres in Koronivia, 199 milimetres in Nausori, 83 millimetres in Suva and 100 millimetres in Navua.

Meanwhile, residents living in flood prone areas fear that continuous rain would result in flooding.

Narere – River Road and Navosai

According to River Road residents’ water from the nearby creek flooded homes around 1am on Thursday morning.

Unlike other times, the water level did not recede by midday.

A resident Attar Ali, said, water entered some of the homes in the area.

Joshua Suka’s home was one of them. Flood waters damaged his refrigerator and washing machine.

In Navosai, Rahul Chandra said the water level was almost four feet, he feared that it would get worse.

He said some houses at the end of Volavola Road were flooded.

Waidamudamu Settlement

The informal settlement in Koronivia was perhaps the worst hit. Water from the drains and creeks had overflowed, flooding homes.

Many children did not attend school yesterday and some were seen playing in flooded compounds. Houses further inside Waidamudamu settlement had to deal with a higher water level.

Cars were trapped and in some cases, damaged.

A resident, Mohar Singh said, the settlement was flooded for hours. Ronald Raj believed it was because of drainage problems.

Residents in Waidamudamu fear that with more rain, the flood situation would get worse.

Vuci Road, Vusuya, Raralevu, Koronivia

For the above areas poor drainage led to flooded roads. In some areas this was a common occurrence in times of heavy rain.

Roads were temporarily closed, however bigger vehicles started accessing them after the water level had receded.

Residents of Waidamudamu Settlement in Nausori drove their vehicles to higher ground as heavy rain caused flooding on March 19, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Residents of Waidamudamu Settlement in Nausori drove their vehicles to higher ground as heavy rain caused flooding on March 19, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

NDMO

The National Disaster Management Office said they were monitoring the situation.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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