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Delta flood

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

CONTINUOUS rainfall in the past few days caused severe flooding in the Rewa Delta yesterday.

And people living in low-lying areas in Nausori were advised to evacuate to higher grounds as water levels in the Rewa River could rise further.

In an interview, Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said the flooding was a result of rain in the highlands of Naitasiri.

Lt-Col Tuitubou said heavy rain and flooding caused the closure of some roads in Naitasiri and Tailevu.

The Toga crossing in Nausori was underwater and inaccessible to traffic yesterday.

The Waila Road was under two feet of water and was closed to the general public.

"The flood waters started to enter some parts of Nausori at around 8am yesterday," he said.

Lt-Col Tuitubou said blocked drains in some places also caused flooding.

He said the Central Division had witnessed flooding at its worst during Tropical Cyclone Evan and people should not test the power of Mother Nature.

"If they feel floodwaters are a threat, they should immediately move to higher grounds," Lt-Col Tuitubou said.

He said during TC Evan, it did not rain much in the Central Division but the Rewa River was flooded and burst its bank.

"If the rain continues in the highlands of Naitasiri, the water level in the Rewa River will rise causing more floods.

He said his officers were on standby and monitoring the weather condition in the Central Division.