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Residents fear flood

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, May 02, 2014

FAMILIES living in low-lying areas are worried about the continuous downpour.

And in Lovu, Lautoka, residents have begun preparing themselves for flooding possibility.

Luisa Rasoki, 48, of Lovu seaside settlement said the road leading up to the settlement was flooded on Wednesday night and they could not sleep well because they feared for the worst.

The family was busy clearing drains outside their home yesterday to make sure it did not contribute to flooding.

"Whenever there is heavy rain here in the West, this is one of the areas that get flooded easily," Ms Rasoki said.

"Since Wednesday, we have been preparing for the worst, we just wanted to make sure that we aren't late if something happens again."

Meanwhile, the Fiji Meteorological Service said wet conditions prevailed over the whole group for the past few days.

However, acting director Aminiasi Tuidraki confirmed the main rainfall activity was over and there was no rise in river levels or major rivers.

"The interior and western part of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu received the most rainfall," Mr Tuidraki said.

"We expect the weather to ease and start clearing from the West later today (yesterday).

"The weather should be fine for Fiji from tomorrow (today) onwards.

"At present, a trough of low pressure lies over Fiji and is moving eastwards. It should clear the group from later today (yesterday)," Mr Tuidraki said.

Even though the cyclone season has officially come to an end, the Nadi weather office warned that the general public should still be prepared for any unpleasant weather event.

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