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Residents Of Davuilevu, Waidamudamu Awoken To Big Clean-Up As Floodwaters Rush Through Homes

“Flood waters have gone inside our home spoiling our beddings and mats and sometimes we are cleaning out mud that is waist-deep,” Ms Suluvanua said.
10 Mar 2021 09:43
Residents Of Davuilevu, Waidamudamu Awoken To Big Clean-Up As Floodwaters Rush Through Homes
From left-right: Meredani Nakayaca, 50 clean her house following flash flooding in Davuilevu, Nausori and Titilia Saluvanua 51 walks through mud brought with flash flooding in their home and compound at Davuilevu, Nausori on March 9, 2021. Photos: Ronald Kumar.

Meredani Nakayaca of Naqiliso Settlement in Davuilevu has become all too familiar with the sound of heavy rain.

She knows that she would have her work cut out for her soon enough.

So, when it rained continuously on Monday night, sure enough she and her family couldn’t sleep a wink.

Floodwaters rushed through her home and the family had to once again move things around and salvage what they could.

Yesterday, Ms Nakayaca was seen mopping out mud and water from her kitchen.

Meredani Nakayaca, 50 clean her house following flash flooding in Davuilevu, Nausori on March 9, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Meredani Nakayaca, 50 clean her house following flash flooding in Davuilevu, Nausori on March 9, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“Every time there is heavy rain, the creek near our home bursts its banks and our compounds and homes are vulnerable to flooding,” Ms Nakayaca said.

“We are still trying to recover from Sunday’s flooding and now this happened.”

Ms Nakayaca used to plant flowers around her compound but the constant floods have stopped this initiative.

“This did not happen before,” Ms Nakayaca said.

She has been staying there with her family for five years.

A few houses from Ms Nakayaca’s, Titilia Suluvanua was doing the same.

“Flood waters have gone inside our home spoiling our beddings and mats and sometimes we are cleaning out mud that is waist-deep,” Ms Suluvanua said.

“We have put sandbags along the creek to try to stop the currents from flowing into our compound but it doesn’t hold out for long.”

Residents claim that the developments nearby is causing the floods.

Waidamudamu

Further towards Nausori in parts of Koronivia, the road was underwater.

Residents claimed that despite having the road repaired and tar sealed, the issue was on the poor drainage system in the community.

Milika Tupou, 51, said the drains were not big enough to allow the currents to flow in and out freely without causing blockage.

“Since the roads were fixed, the water levels rise very quickly during rainy weather conditions compared to before,” she said.

Titilia Saluvanua 51 walks through mud brought with flash flooding in their home and compound at Davuilevu, Nausori on March 9, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Titilia Saluvanua 51 walks through mud brought with flash flooding in their home and compound at Davuilevu, Nausori on March 9, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

“It takes time for the water levels to recede because of the drainage and meanwhile, we have to stay indoors for our own safety.

Ms Tupou said her grandchildren did not go to school because of this.

“This morning, we could not even see the roads and that makes it difficult for drivers and those who have to go to work or school,” she said.

“During rainy weather, some of these homes are badly affected because flood waters enter their home,” she said.

Ms Tupou thanked the Government for the new road development.

However, she is calling out to relevant ministries to fix the drainage problems that the community currently faces.

Questions, follow-up calls and messages were sent to authorities but they were not available when this edition went to press.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: keleva.sovasiga@fijisun.com.fj



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