Fiji Time: 6:24 PM on Saturday 24 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64290.6239
JPY 52.917249.9172
GBP 0.35110.3431
EUR 0.40370.3917
NZD 0.69480.6618
AUD 0.64820.6232
USD 0.49830.4813



Exchange Rate updated on 23th, March, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Son mourns mum's death
  2. Former players back
  3. Hospital not ready, claims man
  4. Fiji loses, Krishna to miss second match
  5. Call for mass shots
  6. Disease is deadlier than dengue — Akbar
  7. Issues affecting Fiji: Poll
  8. Roko supports mate
  9. Teacher investigated for alleged defilement
  10. Disputes: 51 per cent feel State should get involved

Top Stories this Week

  1. Meningococcal disease outbreak Tuesday (20 Mar)
  2. Doctors speak out Sunday (18 Mar)
  3. No desk for this girl Monday (19 Mar)
  4. Where are our horses Sunday (18 Mar)
  5. 12 dead by disease Tuesday (20 Mar)
  6. Police appeal to livestock owners Monday (19 Mar)
  7. Teacher reports male student in washroom for girls Tuesday (20 Mar)
  8. SGS junior has fastest 100m time Wednesday (21 Mar)
  9. Set academic goals achieved Friday (23 Mar)
  10. Police to help Taliga Thursday (22 Mar)