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Be vigilant, says police

Shayal Devi
Thursday, December 12, 2013

POLICE are urging people to remain vigilant and stay away from flooded areas after a man lost his life while trying to cross a flooded river.

West police spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said the deceased, a 35-year-old engineer, died while attempting to cross Navula River in Lautoka.

"It is possible he slipped and fell into the water and was swept away by very strong currents," she said.

The search began on Tuesday after he was reported missing. His body was discovered yesterday.

"We are urging members of the public to be vigilant and the onus is on them to be safe."

The warning from police comes in the wake of the discovery of the bodies of a 46-year-old man and his 11-year-old daughter yesterday in the Aralevu River on the outskirts of Nadi.

Ms Ragigia also said with the weather conditions, the public should be mindful and take extra precautions by not crossing waterways unnecessarily.

This year's drowning toll stands at 41. Last year's toll was 63.