Villagers help bridge the ‘gap’

Jone Ratu shows the damaged temporary crossing and Natuvu Bridge in Bureiwai Ra. Picture: JONA KONATACI

When floodwaters damaged the Natuvu Bridge in Bureiwai, Ra, Samisoni Mara decided to do something to assist the women and elderly get across the fast-flowing Natuvu Creek.

The Nadogoloa villager called family members and got them to help people from the district of Nakorotubu cross the partially washed away bridge.

He also got some scaffolding and, with the help of boys from the village, constructed a temporary walkway across the damaged section of the bridge.

“I did it because I really felt sorry for the women and the elderly,” the 47-year-old said.

Mr Mara said it was up to the Government to finish the bridge on time because it was a vital link to the villages in Nakorotubu.

The Nakorotubu district consists of the villages of Saioko, Verevere, Namarai, Nabukadra, Naocobau, Veidrala and Naqele.

Questions sent to the Fiji Roads Authority on the damaged bridge remain unanswered.

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