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Rain Damages Bridge, Causes Landslip and Floods Homes

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive Jonathan Moore said motorists had to be careful because the rain had been forecasted.
30 Apr 2020 11:02
Rain Damages Bridge, Causes Landslip and Floods Homes
Youths from Waibau Settlement in Tailevu stand by on the bridge to clear the flood debris from damaging the bridge leading to their settlement on April 29, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A damaged bridge in Waibau, a landslip in Sawani, Dilkusha, Narere and more flooded areas because of poor drainage were some of the results of the heavy rain experienced nationwide.

200 millimetres of rain was recorded in Koronivia, 160mm in Suva, 170mm in Navua and 150mm in Nausori.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive Jonathan Moore said motorists had to be careful because the rain had been forecasted.

“Several roads continue to be affected in the Central Division due to surface flooding caused by the heavy rain and we are advising motorists to avoid driving through flooded water as the depth is hard to gauge,” he said.

“Please continue to keep a safe following distance in order to prevent accidents on wet and slippery roads and avoid driving into flooded areas,” Mr Moore said.

Waibau

The wooden bridge in Waibau Road leading up to four settlements was damaged and the road at the end of the bridge washed off.

Waibau resident Osea Bola said the conditions meant that buses and other transport vehicles would not go to the village.

“This means walking up distances of three to four kilometres for some of the people who live here,” he said.

“We have asked authorities to fix the bridge many times.”

Waidamudamu

Ram Dhani 67, who was affected by the TC Harold have again suffered from flooding in Waidamudamu settlement on April 29, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Ram Dhani 67, who was affected by the TC Harold have again suffered from flooding in Waidamudamu settlement on April 29, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The informal settlement in Koronivia, Nausori has always experienced flooding during heavy rain, but this time, water went into homes. Most homes in the settlement are built on stilts.

For Bijma Wati, 52, mother nature has not been kind to her. The tornado generated by Tropical Cyclone Harold destroyed the upper level of her home, forcing her two sons and her to move downstairs.

After torrential rain, her home was full of water.

“I cannot get any help for the home. My children have just started work and don’t qualify for FNPF assistance.”

More rain

The Fiji Meteorological Services said the rain would continue until the weekend and has issued a flash flood warning for low lying areas. Edited by Ranoba Baaoa

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