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Labasa Residents Wake Up To Flooded Rivers, Roads

The country is witnessing a trough over low pressure that is currently situated over the two main islands of Vanua Levu, Viti Levu and other maritime islands.
06 Jan 2022 16:36
Labasa Residents Wake Up To Flooded Rivers, Roads
People were seen waiting on the other side of the flooded bridge at Nakama Village on January 6, 2021. Photo: Sampras Anand.

Residents of Labasa and nearby areas woke up to the sight of flash floods in their different areas early this morning.

Many were seen trying to cross flooded bridges and roads to travel to work while others waited patiently for the rain to subside at their area bus stops.

The country is witnessing a trough over low pressure that is currently situated over the two main islands of Vanua Levu, Viti Levu and other maritime islands.

Nakama area advisory councillor, Sofia Bi, said the Nakama village bridge was submerged and this affected a good number of residents, who were planning to travel to work or visit the town for shopping and other purposes.

Ms Bi said people need to think wise and not cross flooded bridges and roads because it was an unsafe practice to carry out and also there was a lot of debris from the flooded waters, which could potentially injure them.

“I am aware of the low-pressure system that is currently over of the country, and it was time for people to manage their trips and visits in a manner that they return to their homes in time before roads and bridges are closed off,” she said.

Anuve resident, Ram Chandra, said the flash floods damaged his vegetable farm and also led to the loss of some of his poultry livestock.

Mr Chandra said the main crossing at the area was flooded and people had to resort to waiting for the water to subside.

Meanwhile, Labasa Chamber of Commerce and Industries president, Satish Kumar, has advised businesses in Labasa Town to make provisions for their stock to be kept on high elevated shelves and locations.

Mr Kumar added a flash flood can never be predicted, however, early cautions could be taken to prevent possible stock damages and loss.

 



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