POLICE are urging people not to test the wrath of nature following the drowning of a 49-year-old man in Vatukoula.
Eseroma Muasobu worked as a security guard for Vatukoula Gold Mines and is believed to have been swept away by strong currents after trying to cross a flooded waterway on Wednesday morning.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said people should heed their advisories for their own safety.
"We want people to please listen to our advisories and not defy nature," said Ms Naisoro.
She urged parents and guardians to pay special attention to their children.
"With more rain expected over the coming days, there will be unexpected floods in some areas and some schools might have to close down early and send their students home.
"These students would have to cross flooded roads and walkways and so we want parents to look after their children."
Ms Naisoro said Muasobu was trying to cross a submerged bridge after work.
His body was found near Narau creek.
A post-mortem examination wa yet to be conducted.
Muasobu lived in the single men's quarters at Korovere near the Vatukoula Gold Mines.
According to his colleagues, Muasobu was divorced and had no children.
He is survived by his mother, Naosi Rolovaki of Makoi in Nasinu.