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Slow system

Felix Chaudhary, Shalveen Chand And Tevita Vuibau
Friday, February 28, 2014

CONTINUOUS heavy downpour yesterday caused widespread flooding and damage to infrastructure in the Central/Eastern Division.

And with the current weather system predicted to linger until Saturday, the Meteorology Department has forecast more floods.

Director Meteorology Alipate Waqaicelua said the system bringing in heavy rain was in no hurry to move away.

"It's going to linger between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and slowly move by Saturday," he said in an interview.

"There are no signs in the atmosphere and the ocean that the system is going to move. It's blocked. Usually the systems start from close to the equator and then move down to the pole, the higher latitudes.

"However, there are systems on the East and the South that are blocking this system's movement."

Heavy downpour had the Navua River burst its banks late yesterday afternoon flooding most of the delta area and forcing the closure of the Queens Highway.

Lami, Veisari, Wainadoi, Naboro and Nabukavesi flats were also flooded, including parts of the Queens Rd.

On the Nausori end, the Waimanu River burst its banks in certain parts yesterday morning. However, at about 1pm, floodwaters had reached the Princess Rd.

Similarly, rain and blocked drains flooded Waila Rd.

In Wailoku, the Wailoku Rd became flooded early in the morning, with rain not ceasing, the road became inaccessible.

While bus service to the area continued, people had to get off at the police post and wade at least a kilometre in waist-deep water to get home.

Naqali Bridge in Naitasiri was below water late yesterday evening cutting off transportation to Vunidawa and other areas in the province.

Meanwhile, Vunidawa was drier than other parts of Naitasiri with no visible flooding.

Flooding also forced the closure of most businesses in Suva City and schools in the two divisions.

The CWM Hospital reduced staff and suspended some services, including clinics and surgeries because of power outages.

Vuci South Rd, Cautata and Waituri were also under three feet of water in the afternoon, attributed to poor drainage.

Past Nausori, villages including Nadaro had started to flood as rains from the mountains made their way down to the coastlines. The flats outside Korovou Town had also started to flood.

Meanwhile, continuous rain caused flooding in low lying areas around Suva and Nausori.

When this edition went to press, flood warnings were issued for the Navua, Waidina, Wainibuka and Wainimala Rivers and adjacent areas.

In a statement, the weather office said a heavy rain and strong wind warning remained in force for the eastern half of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Kadavu, Lau and the Lomaiviti group.

And the rainfall figures it provided from 9am had Laucala Bay in Suva receiving 100.7mm in seven hours, Navua recorded 142mm after eight hours; and Nausori recorded 80mm in seven hours.

The CWM Hospital reduced staff members and suspended some services, including clinics and surgeries because of power outages.

Vuci South Rd, Cautata and Waituri were also under three feet of water in the afternoon, attributed to poor drainage.

Past Nausori, villages including Nadaro had started to flood as rains from the mountains made their way down to the coastlines. The flats outside Korovou Town had also started to flood.

Meanwhile, continuous rain caused flooding in low lying areas around Suva and Nausori.

When this edition went to press, flood warnings were issued for the Navua, Waidina, Wainibuka and Wainimala rivers and adjacent areas.

In a statement, the weather office said a heavy rain and strong wind warning remained in force for the eastern half of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Kadavu, Lau and the Lomaiviti group.

And the rainfall figures it provided from 9am had Laucala Bay in Suva receiving 100.7mm in seven hours, Navua recorded 142mm after eight hours; and Nausori recorded 80mm in seven hours.





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