‘Worse than 2009 floods’

Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar inspects the Ba Market yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar inspects the Ba Market yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THIS is worse than the 2009 floods.

These were the words of Local Government Minister Parveen Kumar after surveying Ba’s central business district and residential areas that were hit by floods associated with Tropical Cyclone Josie.

He provided meals and rations as part of immediate relief assistance.

“I can say without any hesitation that this is worse than 2009,” Mr Kumar said.

“Every household has the same story in a sense that within a few minutes, the water came in and they were not able to save anything.

“There is no household owner who was spared.

“The ones who were staying on the top floor were fine but all others, they have lost everything.”

He said the Ba Town Council was working with the National Fire Authority to clean the bus stand, market and the business district.

“There are some areas where they still don’t have piped water supply.

“At the moment, we have 10 trucks carting water in Ba and I have asked the Water Authority of Fiji to get more trucks because that’s not enough.”

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