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River banks burst, people stranded

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, May 18, 2014

RAKIRAKI Town was closed to all traffic last night.

Heavy rain experienced in the district resulted in the Vaileka River bursting its banks and flooding part of the town and the Fiji Sugar Corporation compound about 5pm yesterday.

National Disaster and Management Office director Manasa Tagicakibau said he had received reports that entry from both the Suva and Lautoka ends of the town could not be accessed because of flood waters.

"Members of the public are urged to continue listening to the radio for further information regarding the heavy rain and flood warning and take all appropriate precautionary measures that need to be taken as flooding could be experienced first in low-lying areas as we are approaching high tide at 8:33pm today (yesterday) with the height of 1.60 metres," Mr Tagicakibau said in an Information Ministry statement yesterday afternoon.

In Lautoka, areas such as the Saru Back Rd and other low-lying roads and crossings went under water as the rain continued well into the night.

Surprisingly, despite continuous rain in Nadi and rainfall increasing from 61 millimetres at 11am to 79.5 millimetres by 5pm did not raise the river level above the alert threshold.

Residents living along or near the Sigatoka and Qoli rivers were asked to be on high alert after the waterways threatened to break banks at a few places.

Ba and Tavua reported no real flood threats despite rainfall throughout most of yesterday.

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