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Lautoka And Ba Councils Get Head Start On Clean-Up

Team inspections have revealed damaged posts for power lines and trees blocking roads. Most of the roads and bridges earlier reported as inaccessible remains inaccessible
02 Feb 2021 13:24
Lautoka And Ba Councils Get Head Start On Clean-Up
Members of the public clean up the area infront of the Rakiraki market.

Lautoka and Ba Board of Special Administrators Chair Debra Sadranu said clean-up works began on Sunday by respective municipal councils to ensure business operations could return to normal.

“Yes we have started, we actually started yesterday (Sunday) the team have been cleaning and trying to normalise everything for the past two days,” she said.

She said so far there were no fallen trees in the Lautoka City area.

“Not in Lautoka and Ba is okay as well; it was more just the market that we found a few leaks in the roof which we are repairing and of course there’s a lot of silt and mud throughout the market, which they’ve been cleaning since yesterday, but it’s still not open. We haven’t completed all the cleaning as yet.”

Divisional officer Ba Elisha Joshua said the majority of the clean-up works were done by National Fire Authority (NFA) officers and 12 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel.

“Team inspections have revealed damaged posts for power lines and trees blocking roads. Most of the roads and bridges earlier reported as inaccessible remains inaccessible,” he said.

“Power has been restored to all areas of Ba and water supply is currently normal in all areas except Tarivo, Kumkum, Miamargin road, Itatoko, Khalsa top and Vatiyaka top.”

He said the 530 evacuees would remain at the 12 evacuation centres until further notice.

“Some of the evacuees have been in the EC’s  (evacuation centres) for three days and most of their crops have been destroyed. They are requesting if any assistance could be sorted,” he said.

He said the areas that remained flooded were

  • Maranitawa Bridge,
  • Navatu Flats,
  • Balevuto Bridge,
  • Votua Flat,
  • Rarawai Cemetery Road,
  • Toge Bridge,
  • Wailailai Bridge,
  • Navala Bridge,
  • Varavu Stretch,
  • Baiban Bridge,
  • Maururu Bridge
  • and Binai Crossing.

 

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