VANUA Levu experienced heavy rainfall and thunderstorms causing flood in the main street of Labasa Town yesterday morning.
People were carefully wading through flooded areas in town, vehicles were caught up in a jam and students started making their way back home as heavy rain swept through the north.
Vunivau resident Mahend Singh said it was hard to get through town because of the flooded pavement and road. Others in town blamed blocked drains as the cause of flash floods.
But Labasa and Savusavu Town Special Administrator Vijay Kumar refuted the claims saying it was the heavy rain that caused flooding and not the drain blockages. As of midday yesterday, the Northern Command Centre at Labasa Police Station confirmed everything was normal with all police centres around the north reporting no cases of flooding.
Director Meteorological Services Alipate Waqaicelua said the wet spell experienced through Vanua Levu and western Lau yesterday was caused by an active trough of low pressure transitting out of the Fiji group.
"We expect showers to linger in most parts of Fiji through the weekend due to another slow moving trough of low pressure currently developing to the west of the country that will affect us," said Mr Waqaicelua.