FLOOD­ING IN THE WEST,

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Aheavy down­pour caused flood­ing along the main streets of Lautoka City yes­ter­day.

De­spite nu­mer­ous ef­forts by the Lautoka City Coun­cil flood wa­ters rushed through the main streets of Lautoka City and at Natabua.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jone Nakau­vadra said more than 20 work­ers were try­ing to clear the drains and wa­ter­ways.

“These flash floods are un­pre­dictable, our work­ers have tried their best to at least min­imise the dam­age.

“This sit­u­a­tion has caused a lot of dif­fi­cul­ties for mo­torists as well, es­pe­cially since school starts to­mor­row,” Mr Nakau­vadra said. “We are try­ing to en­sure that in future we have proper drainage in our city to avoid such in­ci­dences like this from hap­pen­ing. We will also be work­ing with the Min­istry of Wa­ter­ways to find av­enues to have proper drainage wa­ter­ways.” Mr Nakau­vadra is call­ing on sup­port from mem­bers of the pub­lic and other or­gan­i­sa­tions/ stake­hold­ers to work hand in hand to main­tain clean­li­ness and avoid block­ages.

“Peo­ple must re­frain from throw­ing their rub­bish, use ap­pro­pri­ate bins that are pro­vided by the coun­cil or prac­tise re­cy­cling their rub­bish. Rub­bish is the main cause of the block­ages,” Mr Nakau­vadra added.

“We must main­tain clean­li­ness through­out.

“The coun­cil will need the help from rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tions and stake­hold­ers to achieve this.”

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

The Wailoko Road flooded, in Sa­beto, Nadi on Jan­uary 14, 2018.

Photo: Kar­alaini Tavi.

Flood­ing along a Lautoka road on Jan­uary 14, 2018.

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