Ven­dors count­ing losses in land­slide

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - Edited by Ranoba Baoa SELITA BOLANA­VANUA selita.bolana­vanua@fi­jisun.com.fj

Ven­dors were yes­ter­day count­ing their losses af­ter a land­slide hit the Suva Flea Mar­ket dur­ing heavy rain. The mar­ket ven­dors were thank­ful that the land­slide hap­pened in the week­end when no one was there. Ac­cord­ing to Ruci Marama, 50, from Lau: “If it had hap­pened in the day, some­one might have got­ten se­ri­ous in­juries.” Mili Liku, 67, from Tailevu said: “This morn­ing I had to rush in here to see what has hap­pened. All my clothe ma­te­ri­als and some other stuffs are dam­aged even my sewing ma­chine is now wet. I think I’ve lost over $5000 to­day. I don’t know what to say.” Wati Koroi, 49, of Na­muka-iLau said: “I don’t know where to start, I’ve been do­ing this for over 15 year. All of my things are wet and gone. I’ve lost nearly $3000 to­day, and it’s a big loss.”

Di­rec­tor of Kel­ton In­vest­ment, which owns the Flea Mar­ket, Tony Ah Koy, said: “The land­slide is be­cause of the road at the back.” He said they had been rais­ing this con­cern to the Fiji Roads Au­thor­ity for al­most three years now, and so far noth­ing had been done. “Now this is what has hap­pened. It has noth­ing to do with us. It’s not our prob­lem. We are vic­tims of it,” he said. Mr Ah Koy added that they would be work­ing on the com­pen­sa­tion for ven­dors. The FRA said it was look­ing into the is­sue.

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar

Flea Mar­ket stall owner, Chandra Wati, re­moves her be­long­ing af­ter a land­slide crashed into her stall yes­ter­day.

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