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Blackout concern

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A GROUP of residents on Taveuni are worried about the condition of frozen foods sold in shops at Naqara following continuous power cuts.

Naqara resident David Reynolds said the shops at Naqara, which was the main commercial centre on the island, had been without power for two weeks.

"Naqara is the main shopping centre and the privately owned company which supplies electricity on the island had gone through some breakdown with their plant leaving the shopping area without power for the almost two weeks," said Mr Reynolds.

"Yet within the two weeks in which the blackout occurred we did not see any monitoring team from the Food Unit within the Ministry of Health doing any kind of assessment as we are talking about grocery shops which sell frozen food for human consumption.

"This is something serious which needs to be addressed."

Another resident in the area Mohammed Rafiq said the power had not been restored fully and that they had been receiving intermittent power supply since last Friday.

Naqara businessman Sami Nand said he had to throw out part of his frozen goods because of the recent blackouts.

J Santa Ram Stores Limited representative John Hassan which is the sole supplier of electricity in the Naqara Shopping Centre said the generator had undergone some breakdowns and that the parts were sent to Viti Levu for repair.

Acting permanent secretary Health Doctor Joe Koroivueta could not be reached for a comment.