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Floodwater casualties predicted

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, March 12, 2015

THE Water Safety Council of Fiji says statistically, Fiji can expect one casualty from expected floodwaters Tropical Cyclone Pam will bring.

And this expected casualty is likely to be an unsupervised toddler who may enter a waterway or a younger school-aged child playing with friends in flooded waters who then gets sucked into a drain.

There are also likelihoods the victim will be an older school aged male who goes swimming and bridge jumping into the nearest river where they will get carried away by a strong current or a man who attempts to cross a flooded river and drowns.

The likelihoods are based on previous floodwater casualties.

With this in mind, the council is calling on people to stay out of the water, including flooded rivers, fishing areas or for the purpose of diving, bathing, washing, sailing, surfing or driving through flooded waters and during heavy downpour and strong wind periods.

The council is also calling on all people to be mindful of what the loss of a single life will mean.

"Fiji, let's think of the individual people who have to pull our body from the water. Fiji, let's think of the people who have to carry us to the hospital and try and piece us back together for our funeral. Fiji, let's think on who will have to care for our family when they receive the heart-wrenching news that they will never see our smiles again," the council stated.

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