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Focus on road repairs as cane farmers regroup

Felix Chaudhary And Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, February 01, 2014

ROAD repairs will be the focus this weekend as authorities work to restore the free movement of people and traffic in the Western Division.

DISMAC operations head Laitia Raisua said teams had been dispatched to rural areas to clear landslides and conduct repair works before school began.

Heavy rain on Thursday forced the closure of 30 roads. The approaches to some crossings and parts of some roads were washed away.

"We still have certain areas that are inaccessible at the moment and we are working with the Fiji Roads Authority to see what can be done," he said.

He said the main focus would be to ensure all roads were accessible and safe to travel before Monday.

Mr Raisua said initial damage assessments were carried out yesterday by all departments.

Meanwhile, the Sugar Cane Growers Council and sugar stakeholders will conduct a survey in the Western Division to determine the extent of damage to cane crops caused by the recent heavy rain and strong winds.

CEO Sundresh Chetty said, as was the normal procedure after natural events such as heavy rain, floods or storms, assessments would be carried out to determine how much cane was damaged.

"Field staff will do a survey and conduct an investigation to see whether the damage is substantive and also to determine the impact on the industry," he said.

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