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Officers rescue stranded families

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

AS Cyclone Evan unleashed its fury across Rakiraki yesterday, police and fire officers went to the rescue of several families threatened by rising floodwaters.

The families at Qelema settlement, which is a flood-prone area metres from the Rakiraki Town boundary, were rescued by police officers and firemen who arrived at their homes which were inundated with floodwaters.

Police and fire officers made their way to the homes in almost waist-deep water.

Officers involved in the rescue operations said they had rescued two families, which included children, and some more were still at the settlement to be evacuated.

They said the families would be taken to the Penang Sangam School evacuation centre, adding that two other families from another settlement outside town had also taken shelter at the school.

National Fire Authority spokesman Ritesh Kumar said the authority was involved in rescue operations throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the Naqoro Flats was under about two feet of water when our team made their way out of Rakiraki Town as strong winds and heavy rain battered the area around midday.

The river running behind the municipal market had also burst its banks and water had flowed into the market, bus and taxi stand areas.

Most parts of Rakiraki, including the town, were without electricity supply from early yesterday.





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