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Police to monitor flood-prone areas

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, December 21, 2013

FLOODING in parts of the Western Division disrupted businesses and transportation but failed to deter a few from enjoying themselves at Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi.

Police West media officer Naina Ragigia said despite the cancellation of the heavy rain warning by the Fiji Meteorological Service, the police would continue to monitor flood-prone areas.

Ms Ragigia said at 9am yesterday, flooding of the FSC Rd in Rakiraki prompted police to close the road.

"Severe rain also caused disruption to traffic in the Moto area in Ba at about the same time but as of 2pm water has receded," she said.

Ms Ragigia said the police were also keeping a close watch on activity at Wailoaloa Beach because of a huge number of people gathering there to celebrate the festive season despite the wet weather and flood warnings.

The Information Ministry issued a flood warning early yesterday for the Nadi River and adjacent low-lying areas.

Sixteen roads were closed but were opened later in the afternoon after water receded.

Duty forecasters at the Nadi weather office said the trough of low pressure hovering over the country was expected to move away from the West by yesterday afternoon and from the Fiji group by today.

As a result, rain is expected to clear this weekend.