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Town shuts down

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, December 20, 2012

THE Western Division's tourist capital will continue to remain closed until electricity is restored.

This was the word from the president of the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Doctor Ram Raju.

"While we have escaped any major damage from Tropical Cyclone Evan, a few businesses have had some structural damage and a handful reported damage to stock," Dr Raju said.

"The reason we have decided to shut down the town is to minimise or restrict the unnecessary movement of people for security purposes because there is no power. Once power is restored, Nadi will resume business again."

Dr Raju said a meeting was scheduled for 7.30pm last night with the chief executive officer of the Fiji Electricity Authority Hasmukh Patel, to ascertain how soon it would be before power was restored to the tourist centre.

The only other town that is closed for business as a result of issues with electricity and cyclone damage is Tavua.

Other towns in the Western Division and the administrative centre Lautoka City resumed business on Wednesday.

Sigatoka reported damage to streetlights and lampposts but has had electricity and power restored since Wednesday.

Town Council chief executive officer Anand Sami Pillay said clean up efforts should be completed by today.

President of the Ba Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dinesh Patel said businesses in the town had not suffered much damage but a survey would be conducted to ascertain the costs of TC Evan's fury in the rural centre.

Rakiraki is open for business with traders reporting minimal damage to buildings or stock.