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Narayan taken by surprise

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

IN the 25 years he has spent in Vatukoula, Amelsh Narayan said he had never seen the Nasivi River reach the depths it did last Sunday.

"We were really taken by surprise because the warnings that came over the radio said we should prepare for heavy rain and possible flash flooding," he said.

"There was nothing to say that we should move to higher ground and a lot of people were really unprepared when the river rose as high as it did.

"And, as expected, the Nasivi bridge was affected by the floodwater.

"The bridge itself is quite solid, but it's the approaches on both ends that need reinforcement.

"Every time there is a flood, as the one last Sunday and again yesterday, the approaches get washed away.

"And this is an issue that needs to be fixed because a lot of money is wasted on pouring sand and soil only to watch it all get washed away at the next downpour."

He added that floodwaters washed the approaches away on Sunday afternoon and road maintenance team from the Fiji Roads Authority had filled the approaches with sand and soil on Monday.

"We had floods again on Monday and the approaches were washed away again."

A concerned Mr Narayan said this could be a death-trap for residents who cross the bridge on foot.

Questions sent to the FRA regarding the claims made by Mr Narayan remain unanswered when this edition went to press.

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