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Flooded road frustrates residents

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

STRANDED bus passengers held back two hours by floodwaters have urged the Department of National Roads to fix the easily flooded road outside Labasa Town.

The road in Siberia was under water for about two hours on Saturday keeping passengers on board until nightfall.

The passengers on board the Vunicuicui bus that left Labasa Town at 5pm were stranded until 7pm.

Frustrated passengers claimed that over the past five years, they had to put up with the flooded road every time it rained.

Inoke Caudremalua said the situation also affected students.

"If it rains and the road gets flooded after school, our children will have to wait here for the flood to recede and then the bus can bring them home."

"We have daughters who wait out here and when they are late, we know that this road is under water, some parents usually share carrier cost to pick our children from Emily Road," Mr Caudremalua said.

Other passengers at the site said they had informed the Roads department about the situation.

However, Fiji Roads Authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia said the road at Siberia did not belong to government.

"But we will always provide services of assistance to improve the road condition in the area including technical support," he said.