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Flooding situation escalates

March 31, 2012 9:53 am

News to hand that Navala in Ba, where the mouth of the Ba River starts, the water level is rising rapidly.

Commissioner Western Commander, Joeli Cawaki says they have received reports that the flood waters are now reaching what it was during Cyclone Kina in 1993.

Cawaki says people in these areas are now moving to higher ground and is advising all those in and around the surrounding areas to do the same.

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Cawaki adds Nadi River has started to rise again and flooding is likely to take a turn for the worse later tonight.

Cawaki is reminding all people not to loiter around flooded areas.

Nadi resident Jack Raniga says the rain has started again and it seems like the Jetset Town will be affected again tonight.

He adds the rain and wind continues to hammer them and people now fear the worst might still not be over.

Food rations a worry

Meanwhile, in Tunalia in Nadi, residents are now sharing whatever little food rations they have left.

Tunalia resident Umesh Narayan says about 40 families in his area have lost everything and have been cut off from other areas because the Irish Crossing has been washed away.

He adds families with babies are suffering the most as they are not able to buy milk and other essentials for the toddlers.

Narayan says strong winds and rain continues to pelt the area and in the process destroying all root crops as well.

Rakiraki

In Rakiraki, the situation has not changed.

Resident Faizal Koya says the Naqoro Flast, which is entrance into the town is flooded and closed to all traffic.

He adds it’s still raining and windy there.

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