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2OK damage estimated

Serelisoni Moceica
Thursday, April 05, 2012

SIGATOKA Town has suffered an estimated $20,000 in damage.

Town chief executive officer Anand Pillay confirmed this to The Fiji Times when the team visited the town yesterday.

"We have damaged roads, bridges, drains, streetlights and there are landslides blocking the roads to the surrounding villages," Mr Pillay said.

He said the town had expected vegetables sold at the markets to decrease as a result of plantations that were ravaged by floodwaters last weekend.

"Right now, we have our DISMAC team that we are working closely with and we are just beginning to visit the rural communities today (yesterday) after our work in the town area," Mr Pillay said.

He said some villages along Valley Road were inaccessible by roads.

He added the council would do its best to restore facilities in the affected communities.

"Electricity was restored very quickly to the town and businesses are all open again even though there is still the water shortage problem but we haven't restored the same to villages who are still out of power and water," Mr Pillay said.

He said the council had set-up an in-house team tasked with cleaning up and providing maintenance work for flooded areas in the town.

The Fiji Times team visited flooded areas along Valley Road yesterday but could not reach Nacocolevu Village where road and bridge access were cut-off. The bridge to Nakabuta Village was also broken in half and villagers had to cross the river to get to the main road.

Communal members along the Valley Road were seen washing out mud and silt from inside their homes yesterday.

Meanwhile, in hard-hit Nadi, cleaning up was the order of the day as business and home owners continued to clean up debris, silt and flood water.

In a government release yesterday, it advised the travelling public that the Nadi Town was closed to all.

The government stated that this would allow a major clean-up to be carried out to clear dirt and debris within the central business district.

The statement said those commuting from those areas needed to use the Nadi Back Road because the town road would be closed from 10am to 5pm.


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