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Rain affects trade

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, March 07, 2013

THE adverse weather conditions have had an effect on the business community in Labasa.

Labasa Chamber of Commerce president Ashok Karan said with sawmills closing down and workers without jobs, cane farmers were also expected to feel the pinch of the prolonged wet weather.

"With strong winds expected, the cane farms can be damaged," he said.

"But apart from that, we have been spared from the flooding and we can only hope that the heavy rain does not coincide with the high tide.

"This wet weather is not good news but everyone should get prepared for the continuous wet weather conditions we face.

"We may move livestock to higher ground but we can't control the wrath of nature."

Mr Karan said business people were prepared and the chamber had worked closely with its members in monitoring the weather forecast for the Northern Division.

"We have had flash floods over the past years and it was disastrous for the community and the business community as well.

"The community should take heed of all weather warnings and act accordingly.

"It is important to save our lives than saving possession," Mr Karan advised.

"We can always recover possessions but can't replace lives so we need to take heed of weather conditions."

Mr Karan said the business community knew the effects of having a flood in Labasa as they experienced two years ago.

"That is why we are all prepared and making sure that all is safe during this time of bad weather," he said.