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Perilous crossing

Maciu Malo
Friday, April 12, 2013

SOME parents worry about their children crossing the road to catch a bus to get to school.

For families of rural Emuri Village and nearby farming settlements, the risk for children comes with crossing a river twice a day. Heavy rainfall in recent weeks and swollen rivers also force parents to accompany their children to and from school.

The village is located off the Queens Rd, between Sigatoka and Nadi.

According to village headman Solomoni Naba, a broken bridge used for crossing by those living on "the wrong side of the river" was the cause of the problem.

"Crossing is especially dangerous in recent weeks because of the heavy rainfall," he said. "Even during hot day the river is still risky because of the strong currents."

Mr Naba said parents spent a considerable time accompanying their children who attend Ratu Ilaisa Memorial, Nadroga Arya and Cuvu College.

Swollen rivers also force students to skip school. Ratu Ilaisa Memorial School manager Joseva Nayato said students had to cross the river on horsebacks.

"Sometimes children get wet, even the change they bring with them sometimes get wet. We are concerned about the safety of our students and we welcome any sort of assistance from anyone," he said.


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