Areas along Queens Highway in Serua flooded and closed to traffic
High tide coming in, expect flash floods

Areas along Queens Highway in Serua flooded and closed to traffic

High tide coming in, expect flash floods

By Navitalai Naivalurua , Mansi Chand
Wednesday 15/05/2024
Flooding in Korovisilou Photo:VitiFM

People are advised to take all the necessary precautions as some areas along Queens Highway are flooded including Vunaniu Road and crossing, Somosomo Flats from Nabukelevu Junction and Namaqumaqua Road.

Korovisilou, Talenaua Village, Yarawa Flats, Galoa Road, Naboutini Road and Navutulevu Road in Serua are also flooded.

A number of villages in the Serua Province are flooded.

Korovisilou Village Headman, Ratu Imitai Qaranivalu Sokosoko says they started experiencing heavy rain from yesterday afternoon.

He says vehicles and people cannot cross the main road as it is currently underwater.

Ratu Imitai says the villagers are starting to move to the school as their 8 evacuation centres are also flooded.

The National Disaster Management Office is urging residents living in coastal communities within the Galoa to Naboutini corridor in Serua along Queens Highway to move to higher grounds as more rain is anticipated in the next few hours.

NDMO says according to the Nadi Weather Office, the next high tide is coming in, heightening the risk of flooding in these communities.

They are also pleading with the general public to take warnings issued by the authorities seriously.

A trough of low pressure with associated clouds and showers are expected to affect the country from the North and gradually spread to the rest of the group till Friday.

The Nadi Weather Office says cloudy with some showers over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lami-Suva-Nausori-Korovou-Rakiraki, the interior of Tailevu North-Naitasiri, Coastal and Interior of Nadroga/Navosa-Serua/Namosi, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti groups are expected.

They say isolated thunderstorms with heavy falls may lead to flash flooding in low-lying areas.

A strong wind warning remains in force for all Fiji waters.

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