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Praise for State

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, December 21, 2012

RESIDENTS of Navua are thankful to the government for ensuring that essential services from the Ministry of Health, National Fire Authority and the Police remained constant during the height of Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Residents of the area said government works in the area had ably assisted them in preparing for TC Evan.

"The people of Navua were well-prepared because government had been assisting the community through the extensive dredging works undertaken during the year, especially at Naitonitoni and Naitata as well as the town area," Lesuva Mai restaurant owner Chandra Prakash said.

"Most residents were advised by the provincial administrator's office of the nearest evacuation centres which were at Vashist Muni Primary and Navua Rampur Primary School, so many people knew where to go," he said.

The people of Navua even stepped in to help government services, with Budget Supermarket owner Jitendra Prasad sharing power with the National Fire Authority officers who were on shift work.

"The people of Navua were well-prepared this time because government agencies were working ahead of time especially in terms of the dredging along the Navua River which is really good and the amount of information that was generated to alert the public," Mr Prasad said.

"Two years ago, the flood was in town but this time it's good to see something different, businesses were informed by the relevant authorities of where to go once the cyclone was approaching," the father of three said.

Navua provincial administrator Vili Rakai said although Navua had experienced strong wind gusts and rain, which damaged some crops, the main concern for communities was the rise in the river level.