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Worst floods ever

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, March 01, 2014

WAIT and see.

That is the single option that thousands of people in the Central/Eastern divisions were reduced to yesterday (on Thursday) as floodwaters covered the division.

With waters rapidly, rising many could only watch and wait for high tide at 5pm on Thursday afternoon to see if their houses would be spared from the wrath of the rising waters.

Orisi Manueli was one of those trapped in the helplessness of the situation at Nadaro Village in Vugalei, Tailevu.

When this newspaper called in at Nadaro, water had already started to flow into the house in which Mr Manueli was with his son.

He shared how his family only had time to have breakfast together before he had to send his wife and children to seek refuge in the village hall.

"The flooding has come from the small stream behind the house that got flooded, right now we are waiting for high tide later tonight and we will see how to move on from there.

"I never expected this but I am thankful that my family is still safe."

Mr Manueli said apart from the beddings taken by his wife and children, many of his family's possessions were still in the house.

Koronivia resident Jagdish Lal, 60, said flooding in his area was caused mainly by drainage problems and he hoped it would not worsen as rain continued to pour.

"If it gets worse my family and I may have to move to my neighbour's house," he said.

His neighbour Ajesh Kumar, 30, who has lived in the country for 10 years said the flooding was the worst he had ever seen.