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Caught up in floodwaters

Maciu Malo
Saturday, December 21, 2013

HUNDREDS of people and vehicles travelling on the Kings Rd from Suva to Lautoka were stranded because of flooding in Rakiraki yesterday.

Some people waited for hours for floodwaters to recede.

Vehicles lined up at Rakiraki Village as motorists waited until it was safe to cross.

Stranded Lautoka taxidriver Rakesh Chandra Singh, 44, said he was on his way to Nayavu, Wainibuka.

Nalawa, Ra, native Isoa Senikaucava, 35, said he was stranded for more than three hours.

"I am here to sell farm produce and I am concerned whether I will be able to sell all before returning to the village in the afternoon," he said.

Members of the public have been urged to take extra precaution during this wet season.

Rakiraki interim administrator Ralulu Cirikiyasawa said the business community had been adversely affected by the flooding.

"This because of the closure of the main road leading to town both from Tavua and from Suva," Mr Cirikiyasawa said.

"Flooding threat is always there. We cannot discount the threat entirely, threat in terms of physical damage, economic hardships both to the rural communities and the business communities, people are physically stopped from coming to town.

"The message for the people is keep your radio and TV on, the weather pattern is quite unreliable so always be prepared during cyclone season."