A COUPLE slept in a tent beside the Queens Rd to guard their flooded home from criminal elements.
Kamlesh Prasad, 56, of Korovuto in Nadi said he had no choice but to spend a few days and nights on the roadside to protect his valuables.
Mr Prasad and his wife, Amrita Kaur Singh were rescued from their flooded home by National Fire Authority officers on Friday morning.
The couple spent Friday night beside the road because they feared their home would be looted by opportunists.
However, they returned on Saturday for cleaning up but were forced to move to the roadside about 3am on Sunday when floodwaters rose again.
"We are here on the roadside because of thefts as a neighbour whose house was flooded lost jewellery and a lot of other items at the hands of thieves," he said.
"Some people have been moving around near the flooded homes probably with the intention to steal, so I decided to stay right in front of my house."
Mr Prasad said the floods had caused him substantial financial loss by way of repairs to his house and he could not afford to lose his valuables.
The couple was provided with meals by passers-by although fetching clean water for their drinking needs is a problem.
Some flood victims taking shelter at the Sigatoka Methodist College also said that some homes in Nayawa were looted after the floods.
Director of Operations Senior Superintendent of Police Rusiate Tudravu said there were no confirmed reports of any looting during the floods.
"We have no formal complaint of any looting in the flood-affected areas," he said.