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Buses back on as waters recede

Luisa Qiolevu
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

BUS services stopped yesterday morning in flooded areas of Labasa, but resumed normal services by the afternoon after floodwaters receded.

Residents affected included those who lived in Batinikama, Waiqele and Seaqaqa.

Dalip Chand and Sons Buses Ltd director Rohinil Chand stopped services for a few hours during the day until the water receded.

"Our main responsibility is the safety of our customers, which was why we had to stop our services during the day," he said.

Mr Chand said the roads were under water, which made it hard for buses to cross.

"During a normal day, the roads are soggy and we find it hard to cross the road and when it's flooded, we just know that we will be stuck in the middle of the road which we don't want," he said.

"We stopped the services because we don't want to put the lives of our customers at risk, but then we continued with the services as normal."

Parmod Enterprises Ltd director Edwin Chand said they waited for water to recede in affected areas.

"Only a few areas like Siberia are affected, otherwise our bus services to other areas remained normal," he said.

For those on Taveuni, bus services were not disrupted.

Pacific Transport Ltd branch manager Prakash Sami said their services at the areas of Navakawau, Vuna Village, Navaca, Waimaqera, Qarawalu, Ura and Delaivuna in Taveuni were normal.

"We don't face any problem with flooding and our services still continue as normal," he said.

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