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Residents not taking chances, heed alert

Shalveen Chand
Sunday, May 18, 2014

IT has not been that long since residents of Sawani in Nausori experienced the wrath of Mother Nature as the Waimanu River burst its banks and within minutes covered most of the delta.

The rain pattern being experienced is similar to the weather conditions in March.

It is not only the Sawani residents that have to worry, but villages in Naitasiri and Namosi also, the latter regions more affected in terms of infrastructure.

Sawani resident Anil Singh, 45, said they had taken all precautions this time.

"Last time we were a little unprepared and we were caught by surprise. But now we are taking heed of all warnings," he said.

"If the rain continues, I will take the family to my brother's place in Tamavua. But before that, all things in the house will have to be placed on higher ground."

More at risk are the villages along the Waimanu River.

In March, the government estimated damages at $3 million in the Central/Eastern divisions.

There were even suggestions of relocating some of the villages but for now the word from the Commissioner Central's office is take heed of the warnings.

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