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Two Killed, One Still Missing After Landslide At Mau Quarry In Namosi

National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director Vasiti Soko was at the scene and confirmed that the search for Mr Johnson was suspended because of the wet weather.
21 Mar 2020 10:19
Two Killed, One Still Missing After Landslide At Mau Quarry In Namosi
The late Seci Roko and the late Aporosa Ratu, were standing next to this wrecked 4WD when they were caught in a landslide at the quarry site at Mau Village, Namosi. Photo: Ronald Kumar Inset: David Johnson

Two men have died while one remains buried in a landslide in Mau Village, Namosi, yesterday.

The body of Island Quarry Fiji managing director, David Johnson, remains missing amid the landslide, while quarry manager Seci Roko and mechanic Aporosa Ratu died as a result of the tragedy. Their bodies have been recovered . The three were believed to be at the site at the time of the tragedy.

National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director Vasiti Soko was at the scene and confirmed that the search for Mr Johnson was suspended because of the wet weather.

“While walking up to the site, you can still see the soil slightly failing, a potential threat in that area for our first responders,” Ms Soko said.

“As much as we want to retrieve the body, we want to ensure that the lives of our first responders are not at risk.”

David Johnson.

David Johnson.

She said a team from the National Fire Authority (NFA) would continue the search when the weather cleared.

Inoke Noa, 38, who witnessed the tragedy, said: “We had spoken to each other before he (Aporosa Ratu) had gone up to the site.”

“The only thing he asked me if I had a wire, I do not know what he wanted it for, but I gave it to him…and that was the last time we spoke.”

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Jone Usamate, is pleading with the public to adhere to warnings and refrain from walking in flooded waters and areas prone to disasters.

The weather office has confirmed heavy rain will continue this weekend.

Meanwhile, the bodies of the two deceased were brought into Suva yesterday.

For more pictures: https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=501428

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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