People Defy Advice To Avoid Fiji’s Contaminated Coast

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Public continue to swim in area around Suva sewage spill

By Stella Moresio

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Jan. 2, 2015) – Members of the public continue to defy advices to stay away from coastal areas believed to have been affected by the spill from the collapsed sewage trunk line in Nabua, Suva.

Despite continuous awareness by the National Disaster Management Office and the Ministry of Health, some people continue to swim at the Suva foreshore on New Year’s Day.

It has been weeks since the sewage pipe across the Wainivula Creek Bridge broke following heavy rain in the Central Division.

Authorities had issued advisory warnings to people living along the river and along the Suva foreshore from Vatuwaqa to Nasese to avoid any contact with the water.

Yesterday some people took to the waters at Laucala Bay despite the warning of water contamination.

Talei Nautoko, among the picnickers, said, "I came to swim with my family and we enjoy coming here every year. I did not know this place was restricted," Ms Nautoko said.

Meanwhile, parent Jone Bale, said they decided to swim in the sea because they did not see any health advisory.

"We did not know that this place was banned and we did not see a sign anywhere. Maybe if the sign was a bit bigger then we would see it," Mr Bale said.

However, some Police officers were dispatched to the area to keep people from swimming or harvesting marine life from the area.

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