8 Dec 2014

Repairs on Fiji roads as floods recede

8:51 am on 8 December 2014

Road workers in Fiji are starting to clear slips on the Kings Road following severe flooding in the central division around Suva, that caused at least one death.

Flood waters in the Central Division.

Flood waters in the Central Division. Photo: Fiji Ministry of Information

Fiji Village reports a 20-year-old man from Lami lost his life yesterday while he was trying to cross the flooded Qauia bridge.

The Police Chief of Operations Rusiate Tudravu says there's another search for a 24-year-old man who was swept away by strong currents while trying to cross a flooded river to Vorovoro village.

The Water Authority says the floods have disrupted the Tamavua Water Treatment Plant, decreasing water intake by 40 percent, affecting nearly 67,000 people in the central division. The authority is carting water to customers.

Following road slips, the department of information says workers have cleared the Sawai Serea road slip but the Naqali flat is still under water.

Workers in the Western division are also monitoring flood levels and assessing damage in the Rakiraki area.

The Kings Road bypass is still under water and closed to all traffic and flood waters are receding, but expected to slow more with high tide this evening.

Drivers are still requested to take extreme caution.