Clean-up work on drains

WATERWAYS Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy says the immediate focus of his ministry will be to clear drains and waterways of debris and silt.

“We have to do that because of the challenging weather conditions that we are facing at the moment,” he said.

“The Western Division has experienced huge flooding associated with Tropical Cyclone Josie and our immediate mandate is to clear blocked drains and waterways. This material comes from upstream.

“When logging happens, trees are trimmed and the residual branches end up in the water and this is what causes a lot of the damage downstream like damaging farms and blocking waterways which result in flooding.”

Dr Reddy said contractors would begin deploying machines from today.

“We have deployed teams to clear waterways from Sigatoka to Rakiraki. I urge members of the community to lodge requests with our Lautoka Waterways Office on 8916944 or 6661387.”

Work in Sigatoka will be conducted in Namata, Ciriwai- Area 1, Ciriwai- Area 2, Kabisi- Area 1, Kabisi- Area 2, Naikeli, Togavula, Tuva, Batiri, Lomawai and Maro.

In Nadi, work will be conducted in Nawaka and Nasoso while in Lautoka, works will be in Vitogo and Lovu.

Drainage work in Ba will be conducted in Tuvu, Tavarau, Raviravi, Navau, Karavi, Sarava, Nailaga and Koronubu.

In Tavua, work is planned for Yaladro, Vanuakula and Tagitagi.

In Rakiraki, work will be conducted in Matawailevu, Barotu, Navunivitu and Wairuku.