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Police officers monitor movement

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

POLICE officers were deployed to various parts of Nausori to monitor the movement of commuters as severe flooding hit the greater town areas.

Torrential rainfall and rising water level in the Rewa River flooded the Toga bridge and nearby flats.

This newspaper was at the entrance to Toga Village yesterday and saw police assisted members of the public to safety.

People living in Toga Village had to be assisted by police to cross the flooded crossing.

Punts were also used to transport people going to work, the sick and children who needed to be transported to the main road.

Vehicles were stuck on both sides of the road and many were forced to go back by police officers for safety reasons.

A resident of Toga who had to take her baby to the hospital said she was surprised to see the intensity of floodwaters.

Torika Tuinaceva said Toga area started to get flooded around 8am yesterday.

"There are three villagers in Toga with more than 3000 people. A lot of families have been affected by the rising flood," Mrs Tuinaceva said.

She attributed the flooding to the debris that blocked the entrance to the Toga River.

"Relevant authorities should constantly clean up the river so that it does not get flooded quickly."

Flooding also halted transport services along the Waila Road.

Residents said floodwaters started to rise early in the morning and by 10am, the water had risen two feet above normal water level.





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