‘Worst flooding so far’

Sanjay Kumar at his house which was damaged during flooding in Vatulaulau, Ba. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Sanjay Kumar at his house which was damaged during flooding in Vatulaulau, Ba. Picture: REINAL CHAND

DEBRIS, mud and sodden clothing and household items littered the settlement of Vatulaulau Stage Two in Ba yesterday morning, remnants of what residents say was the worst flooding incident since 2009.

A similar picture was painted in many parts of the town, with water and electricity access cut off and roads left inaccessible by landslides.

Resident Sanjay Kumar, 49, of Vatulaulau recalled how quickly floodwaters rose to inundate the homes in his community.

“I stay with my two sons and wife and it was early morning when the water began to rise,” he said.

“We didn’t expect the damage to be so severe. Then, thick branches were swept by waters and it smashed against the walls of my home. I knew we had to evacuate but we couldn’t. I quickly broke one of the windows and helped my family to climb on the roof.”

He said a majority of items in his home was damaged because of the floodwaters.

In Maururu, residents blamed the flooding on inadequate culverts installed in the area as well as poor drainage systems.

People in the area also lent a hand to clear a landslide that had temporarily blocked all road access.

Yesterday, residents hurried to sun soak beddings and clothing, while many cleaned up their households before the start of a new working week today.

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