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Residents ready to move to higher ground

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, February 23, 2013

NATABUA resident Mahendra Kumar's home was flooded in knee deep water as the Natabua River burst its banks around midday Thursday.

As heavy rain continued to pour down over Lautoka City, residents in low-lying areas rushed to secure their homes and move belongings to higher ground.

Mr Kumar was moving household items to safety when The Fiji Times team came across his flooded residence.

"Water started to come in at around 12 midday and about an hour later, I was walking in knee deep water," he said.

He said while the situation was compounded when the Natabua River burst its banks, the flood was worsened by fallen trees and debris blocking the river.

"There are a lot of tree branches in the way making it hard for water to flow freely."

Mr Kumar said flooding at the Natabua junction was a common occurrence every time there was continuous heavy rain.

"This is because we don't have a proper drainage system. The river has been dredged but we are still experiencing a lot of flooding in this area."

Leaving nothing to chance, Mr Kumar said if the situation got worse, he would seek refuge at higher grounds.

"If the need arises, we will move to Saru church to seek shelter."

Lautoka City Council special administrator Praveen Bala said he understood Mr Kumar's concerns and the matter would be looked into.





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