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Repairs wait as floodwaters recede

Salaseini Moceiwai
Monday, May 19, 2014

HEAVY rain experienced at the weekend resulted in some bridges and roads in the country closed to all traffic.

While some bridges and roads reopened yesterday after the water level had receded, some remained closed when this edition went to press last night.

In Taveuni, a damaged bridge cut off links between Lavena and Bouma, with villagers saying that they will now have to spend about $40 to $50 on boat hire to get to the bus station in Bouma.

Villagers contacted this newspaper to raise their concerns after the bridge closed on Saturday.

Speaking on behalf of the villagers from Lavena, former district representative Berenado Surualau said it would be difficult for them to get to work, hospital, school and to do their shopping.

"No vehicle at all is allowed to drive through this bridge. The damage was there for some time now and we don't know what the authorities were doing," he said.

"Transportation for our children to school, the sick, elderly and the overall population of Lavenia is now affected."

There are about 500 villagers in the area.

Mr Surualau said they were informed that the bridge repair would take about two to three weeks.

Fiji Roads Authority CEO Neil Cook said engineers were tasked to maintain the bridge.

"The bridge was damaged as a result of a recent flood and now our engineers are attending to it accordingly."

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