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Heavy downpour damages bridge, 10,000 stranded

Maciu Malo
Monday, February 25, 2013

ABOUT 10,000 people in Ba are concerned that the continuous rain in the west could further halt the movement of people and vehicles.

Their concerns follow the flooding experienced in the west late last week that also flooded the temporary Moto Bridge that was closed for 24 hours.

Ba advisory councillor Viam Pillay said about 30 villages and settlements used this bridge daily. He said water supply to those residents was also stopped after the pipe burst.

"This is the fourth time that we have been faced with such a disaster," said Mr Pillay.

"The temporary Moto Bridge is still flooded though this after being closed for 24 hours starting on Saturday," he said.

"To make the matter worse, the main water pipe that supplies water to more than 10,000 people has been broken by the strong currents.

"We are worried that the continuous rain in the mountains could wash away the temporary bridge."

When a team from The Fiji Times visited the site yesterday, Water Authority of Fiji officers were repairing the pipe.

The officers also cleared debris that caused flooding on the bridge.

Mr Pillay said schoolchildren could be worst affected if rain continued.

"We have more than 400 students that cross this bridge daily and we are concerned that the flood could prevent them from attending school.

"But by midday today (yesterday), four-wheel vehicles have managed to cross the flooded bridge.

"With the current weather outlook, it seems we will be having more rain in the afternoon and this could again halt the movements of vehicles and people across the bridge."





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