4 April, 2018, 12:00 am
Once again mother nature and Tropical Cyclone Josie took a heavy toll on Fiji with life-threatening floods that claimed lives. I was saddened to watch horrific scenes of rising floodwaters in the West and the difficulty that people faced while escaping from the deadly jaws of the floodwaters. My heart goes out to the families of the deceased. Reading stories about them from their loved ones brought tears. The Easter weekend would be remembered by many for the destruction caused by TC Josie but it’s important that we stay safe, boil drinking water and avoid flooded roads and rivers. I join Allen to thank our journalists and photographers who braved the raging floods, rain and bad weather to cover the stories from areas affected by flooding. May peace be around us!
Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam
So the Government directs FNPF to give money to its members, but what about those people who do not have money in FNPF, who will give them assistance?
Drasa Vitogo, Lautoka
It started raining, then it started flooding, the weatherman predicted everything, but our people still don’t take cyclone and flood warnings seriously.
Schools and other organisations which are on higher grounds in flood-prone areas must be alert during natural disasters such as floods brought about by Tropical Disturbance TDF 12 and later Cyclone Josie. You do not have to be called by phone to open the premises. You only see the activities going on around during such time. I believe an excuse by a certain head teacher and management was not a good one. Please our response must be fast. Do not let our fellow Fijians feel helpless in times of natural disasters.
Fiji has a population of less than a million people and yet we are on the verge of creating rugby history by winning a fourth back-to-back title at the Hong Kong 7s. Other top teams including reigning sevens series champs South Africa are pumping in millions after remaining winless there. We don’t need millions of dollars or players, but our eighth player as Ratu Ben Ryan said famously — the fans. We have more than a million fans world-wide and this weekend this will be the best strategy to bring the fourth back to back victory. A big salute to all fans.