Drain clean up saves cou­ple’s home from more flood­ing

Nas­inu Coun­cil praised for step­ping for­ward.

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - AR­ISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

Afamily of Omkar Set­tle­ment at Narere in Nas­inu has ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Nas­inu Town Coun­cil for en­sur­ing the stream next to their house is cleaned daily.

The re­mains of the home of the cou­ple Mo­hammed Jan­nif and his wife Saira Bibi of ear­lier flood­ing was saved from more flood­ing over the week­end be­cause of the cleared drain.

“Two weeks ago our house was un­der wa­ter be­cause of the clog­ging of the river due to a plac­ing of a gothic mesh in the river by a com­pany that is con­duct­ing devel­op­ment works on their land across the road,” Mr Jan­nif said.

Had the coun­cil not taken quick ac­tion to clean the river clogged of rub­bish daily af­ter the last flood, there could have been more dev­as­ta­tion for the house­hold. The place­ment of the gothic mesh col­lected a large amount of rub­bish, which blocked the flow of the wa­ter.

“But af­ter see­ing the dev­as­ta­tion and losses I suf­fered the coun­cil in­structed the com­pany to re­move the gothic mesh and place some­thing else that would not clog the river,” Mr Jan­nif said.

“So from that day the Coun­cil has been daily com­ing to check if the river is free from rub­bish, if not they clean it up.”

He said the coun­cil had vis­ited them af­ter the last flood and was told by the of­fi­cials he would re­ceive as­sis­tance from the Coun­cil.

“We are yet to get that as­sis­tance, though,” Mr Jan­nif said.

The cou­ple was one of 68 fam­i­lies who re­ceived a 99-year lease block of land handed out by Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last month.

Photo: Ar­ishma Devi-Narayan

Mo­hammed Jan­nif’s house is on the right.

Photo: Ar­ishma Devi-Narayan

Mo­hammed Jan­nif with his wife Saira Bibi and grand­chil­dren in­side their home on Novem­ber 14, 2017.

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