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Rakiraki bears the brunt

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

THE wrath of Cyclone Evan was evident in Rakiraki yesterday.

As the cyclone passed through the district headed towards the Yasawa Group, it left a trail of damage.

Some houses in Volivoli, Rakiraki lost their roofs. Corrugated iron sheets could be seen strewn either across or beside the Kings Rd in Volivoli.

Water tanks had also been pulled out of their stands and blown several metres away while the roofs of other houses were visibly giving way.

Signboards at some schools, shops and at other places were ripped apart by the very strong winds experienced in the district.

Sugar cane recently planted for harvesting in the 2013 crushing season was flattened in the district. Fallen trees blocked the road at a few places near Rakiraki village.

A team from this newspaper had to clear branches at some places as they made their way to Rakiraki Town. But on the way back, there were more fallen trees to be seen, which completely blocked the road.

This newspaper's team had to break branches from some fallen trees to make a small passage for the vehicle to pass through.

At Nabau, villagers came to the assistance of motorists by immediately chopping a tree that had completely blocked the road.

Other villagers between Rakiraki and Tailevu were also on hand to assist motorists encountering problems on the blocked roads.

In a government statement yesterday afternoon, DISMAC advised motorists not to travel between Korovou in Tailevu and Rakiraki.





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