Floods, clean waterways

Ravind Chandra Naidu,Tua Tua Branch Rd, Labasa | Saturday, April 14, 2018

I believe the obvious reason flooding is becoming a common feature nationally is that relevant authorities do not clear drains, culverts and other waterways from overgrown grass, debris, silt, etc., in the dryer months. Ostensibly, they lack proficiency and harbour least bothered attitude since it's mostly the vulnerable who face the full brunt of natural disasters especially flooding.

Evidently, the cost of damage sustained overwhelming exceeds the normal repair and maintenance works the authorities would otherwise incur under normal circumstances. Desolately, I believe this fact is not appreciated by those on the upper echelons of authority.

The old adage "a stich on time saves nine" has more relevance than ever in our case.

Those who choose to live in low-lying flood prone areas are at their own peril.

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