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Kids defiant as disaster strikes

Maciu Malo
Friday, February 22, 2013

PARENTS and guardians have been urged to supervise their children as floodwaters hit parts of the Western Division yesterday.

The Fiji Times team during its rounds yesterday found schoolchildren swimming in floodwaters while youths were seen jumping from tree branches into strong currents, oblivious to the danger.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri advised members of the public to take precautions.

He said the safety of children was always a concern, especially during natural disasters.

"This is not the first time we are issuing such warnings to people, especially to parents," said Insp Sokomuri.

"The life of a person is paramount and it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure no loss of life is incurred.

"Teachers are also advised to liaise with parents in regards to the safety of students.

"Prevention is better than cure therefore, we must be extra careful while trying to cross flooded roads."

Insp Sokomuri also issued warnings to people who defied police warnings by swimming in flooded waterways.

"Accidents do happen and we all know that swimming in flooded waterways is risky," he said. "We have had cases of people being killed while swimming in flooded waters and we are asking members of the public to refrain from swimming in flooded rivers.

"People should be responsible enough because this is not the first time we are hit by a natural disaster."

Insp Sokomuri also called on people residing in low lying areas to vacate their homes and move to higher ground.