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Ra on red alert

Jone Kalouniviti
Thursday, February 27, 2014

THE whole of Ra remains on red alert despite reports of receding waters, says Ra provincial administrator Kelepi Kubunameca.

"The situation remains risky and we are still on red alert because the skies have yet to clear according to the weather updates we have recieved," Mr Kubunameca said.

"This morning (yesterday) was a perfect example where the water rise at Naqoro flats closed off the town in only two hours from 7am to 9am."

Mr Kubunameca also commended the public response to the reports churned out through the mainstream and social media.

"I think for the people of Ra, before our officers hit the road yesterday, all villagers and settlements had barricaded their homes and took their livestock to high land."

Mr Kubunameca said only one family reported to the Penang High School evacuation centre yesterday.

"The rapid rise of the Nakauvadra River this morning was due to the heavy rain last night," he said.

Prompt action by police and transport companies prevented people from being stranded in town as the notice was issued by the National Roads Authority at 7am that the access road was closed off.

"The police closed the road and public transportation ceased this morning as we closed off the town," Mr Kubunameca said.

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