Heavy Rains Bring Flooding To Nadi Town, Other Parts Of Fiji

Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia also affected by heavy weather

By Litia Tikomailepanoni,

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Feb. 7, 2017) –  Parts of the Nadi area were under water as flash flooding from continual heavy rain took its toll yesterday.

The heavy rain resulted in parts of the town including the Nadi Bus Stand, Nadi Temple road, low lying areas like Korovuto settlement and the Qeleloa River bursting it’s banks.

Students were sent home earlier, markets and businesses had to close as well.

Home owners were on alert because of flash flood warning bringing movement around the township to a stop in some areas.

[PIR editor's note: On Feb. 8, 2017 Fiji Times reported that 'Rain is expected to gradually ease over the next few days, says Fiji Meteorological Service director Ravind Kumar. ... In a statement yesterday, he said a tropical disturbance located south-west of Matuku, Lau and was expected to move further away from the Fiji group with little to no chance of it developing into a tropical cyclone.']

Korovuto residents Iokimi Sovatabua lives a stone throw away from the nearby creek which gets flooded when there is a severe heavy rain.

“I came home at around 11am and found that water had flooded the porch,” Mr Sovatabua said.

“We had to take all our kitchen utensils and bring it inside the house.”

When Fiji Sun visited the area the 52-year-old was indoor with his five children taking cover from the cold.

“We are just observant at this moment and just are aware to make sure we can escape from here if water continues to rise,” he said.

“I am just mindful of my kids who are inside the house and making sure they are safe as my wife is at work right now.”

“This kind of weather was normal to him but as the rain continues to pour, he only hopes it does not flood the inside of his house just like it did during TC Winston.”

[PIR editor's note: On Feb. 8, 2017 RNZI reported that 'People in New Caledonia are being warned of heavy rain. ... The authorities have raised the orange alert. ... The east coast of the main island can expect up to 150 millimetres of rain in a 12 hour period today.'  On Feb. 8, 2017 Vanuatu Daily Post reported that 'The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department has issued a severe weather warning for the Vanuatu Group. ... According to their website, isolated heavy rainfall is expected over Vanuatu group while thunderstorms are expected over northern and central islands. ... People are advised to take extra precautions for possible flash flooding and remain indoors where thunderstorm activities are happening.' Finally on Feb. 7, 2017 RNZI reported that 'Authorities in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, are on alert after a depression hanging over southern Guadalcanal triggered flash flooding in the city. ... The National Referral Hospital and many communities living near rivers and streams were flooded early this morning.']

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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