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Rain pounds Capital

Shalveen Chand
Sunday, May 18, 2014

CONTINUOUS rain in the Central and Eastern divisions yesterday flooded low-lying suburbs.

For the 24 hours ending at 9am yesterday, Laucala Bay in Suva recorded 168.55 millimetres of rain — the highest rainfall recorded in any of centres in Fiji in the 24-hour period.

Monasavu recorded 71 millimetres of rain, Ono-i-Lau had 70.6, Nadi had 61 millimetres, Lautoka had 50.3 millimetres.

The usually dry Sugar City was still wetter than the Nausori delta which received 50 millimetres of rain.

With the weather not changing in the afternoon yesterday and getting wetter, more rainfall was expected to be recorded last night.

Wailea and Nanuku settlements at Vatuwaqa in Suva had water from creeks and nearby drains coming on the road.

Some roads at Narere in Nasinu were also flooded.

The Nadi Weather Office said heavy rain was expected to affect the country today.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said people had to exercise safety at all times.

"We know that some places when flooded seem like an opportune place to play, but this is the type of attitude that has seen lives lost in the past," he said.

"Children have to realise that flooded areas are dangerous and pose risk to lives. The police believe that if safety is given the utmost regard, we will have no incidents.

"Adults especially parents also have a responsibility to see where their children are. We have cases when parents don't know that their children are swimming in flooded drains and creeks," said Insp Sokomuri.

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