PEOPLE STRANDED IN YAQARA FLATS
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.”