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Ray of hope

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, April 07, 2012

GOOD news at last. The National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi says that the low pressure trough responsible for rainfall in the Western Division is now weakening and skies should gradually clear leading up to tomorrow.

Apart from occasional light showers, skies should clear over the Easter long weekend, however, there could be some rain over the southern parts of the country.

Lautoka special administrator Praveen Bala said in light of business closures in neighbouring centres because of flooding and heavy rainfall, he has urged businesses in the Sugar City to remain open over the Easter long weekend.

"The usual practice is for businesses to remain closed or operate with restricted hours during one of the most important festivals on the Christian calendar. However, due to the fact that many businesses in neighbouring centres have been severely hit, I am urging Lautoka businesses to open their doors so that people can shop and stock up on supplies," he said.

Two of the worst hit areas ù Ba and Nadi ù experienced clear skies yesterday, which saw hundreds sunning out beddings and household items and assisting in cleanup operations.

Ba special administrator Arun Prasad said that as a result of round-the-clock cleaning operations by council workers and 15 members of the military forces, close to 90 per cent of Ba has been hosed down and cleaned.





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