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Gone in 3 days

Avinesh Gopal And Felix Chaudhary
Monday, May 19, 2014

HEAVY rain experienced in the past three days damaged infrastructure, agriculture and stranded thousands of commuters.

Worst hit were farmers, especially sugarcane growers with recently-planted fields and harvest-ready farms that remained waterlogged.

Last night, the authorities were waiting for floodwaters to recede at some places before assessing the cost of damage to infrastructure and farms.

Krishna Chand, a canefarmer of Colasi in Rakiraki, woke up yesterday to find his newly-planted farm washed out by floodwaters.

Mr Chand, who planted the cane seedlings four days ago, said it was a big loss for him considering the hard work and money spent on it.

The crushing season at Penang mill starts on June 17.

In the Fiji Roads Authority's update at 4pm yesterday, some roads and bridges remained closed.

Weather forecasters last night cancelled a heavy rain warning previously in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the Lau Group.

The National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi said the active trough of low pressure lying to the east of Fiji was moving away from the group.








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