Fiji Sun - - Nation - Waisea Na­sokia

Com­muters were stranded at the Yaqara flats in Ra last night as flood wa­ters failed to re­cede.

Po­lice con­firm that there were about 28 ve­hi­cles and two Sunbeam Ex­press buses full of pas­sen­gers on their way to Lautoka got stuck at the Yaqara flats on the Raki­raki end of the route.

Drau­ni­ivi Pub­lic School has been des­ig­nated as a tem­po­rary shel­ter for trav­ellers un­til the wa­ter re­cedes.

When this edi­tion went to press last night, Raki­raki and Ba towns were with­out power. Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro con­firmed the power cuts.

The fol­low­ing evac­u­a­tion cen­tres are now opened as con­firmed by the Ba Dis­trict Of­fice last night:

Vat­u­laulau Pri­mary School, Ba Sangam School

- three adults and three chil­dren;

Namosau Methodist School, Naloto Pri­mary School

- 10 adults 25 chil­dren; and

Nailaga Com­mu­nity Hall.

In Lautoka, the Paipai Irish cross­ing was washed away.

In Nadi, flash floods in Wailoko, in Sa­beto dis­trict forced res­i­dents to be stranded on one side of the road.Kar­ishma Nand, 28, and his fam­ily had to wait for three hours un­til the wa­ter eceded. His fam­ily was re­turn­ing from the hospi­tal.

Jagdish Prasad, 73, a farmer in the area said: “This place al­ways get flooded in the rainly weather like this, it is not an easy thing since we have to move about for schools and other things.”

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