7 of 10 SINKING; Fiji: This current flood is WORSE than the floods in January 2012 and in 2009! This is the worst in living memory and the damage is unbelievable!

Nadi, Fiji

Fiji:

/ From Sigatoka to Rakiraki emergency services were stretched in what has been described as the worst floods ever. Last night Nadi, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki were still under water. /

/ This current flood is WORSE than the floods in January 2012 and in 2009! /

/ Three people have died and dozens are missing after Fiji has been hit by massive flooding for the second time in three months. There is widespread damage on the island of Viti Levu, particularly in the towns of Nadi, Ba and Lautoka and the flooding left dozens stranded on buildings and forced the cancellation of flights in and out of Fiji. This is the worst in living memory and the damage is unbelievable /

/ ..Forced nearly 7000 people into evacuation centres. Water levels were higher than those experienced during a six-day deluge in January which claimed 11 lives, meteorologists said. /

/ Seawall broken in Wailoaloa, Nadi town under 6.2m of water /

/ Flood water level is rising in Kerebula, Nadi. Lautoka, Police in lautoka confirms that some areas are still flooded. /

/ Tavua town now flooded. For the first time Tavua town is now currently flooded. Officer in charge Joseph Law confirmed that this the first time for flood waters to reach Tavua Town and its knee length. It is currently raining very heavily in Tavua. /

Indonesia SINKING:

/ Flood lunge Bima, 2 Residents Reported Missing. Floods that hit Bima, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) on Saturday, March 31, 2011 yesterday damaging agricultural land owned by residents. In fact, two people were reported missing due to floods swept away. /

Fiji:

1 dead, 5 missing

Navutu villagers watch huge waves smash into their seawall in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

ONE person is dead and five others reported missing as heavy rain and the sudden rise of floodwaters wreaked havoc across the Western Division,

From Sigatoka to Rakiraki emergency services were stretched in what has been described as the worst floods ever.

At a DISMAC meeting in Lautoka last night Divisional Police Superintendent Jope Ralulu said the first victim was a woman from Lomolomo.

The five missing were in a vehicle swept away by raging floodwaters along the Nadi Back Road.

Intermittent torrential rainfall from Wednesday night turned towns and communities into lakes as fast rising floodwaters early Friday morning submerged homes, swept away cars and people and sent home owners and their families seeking refuge atop the roofs of their homes.

Hundreds were rescued from as early as 3am and as late as 2pm many others who called The Fiji Times hours earlier, were making desperate pleas for help over the phone.

DISMAC itself sent out a plea for boats to help with the rescue efforts.

One witness reported he saw a car with two passengers engulfed by swift flowing waters along the Nadi Back Road.

Dharmend Narayan said he assisted in the rescue of five people in a vehicle ahead of the Hilux "which went under water before they reached it."

Many said they were unprepared as water entered homes.

Last night Nadi, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki were still under water.

As rain continued incessantly, there were fears of renewed flooding at midnight last night.

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=197312

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Take every precaution as possible

All Fijians are to take every precaution.

Provincial development permanent secretary Inia Seruiratu said that this current flood is worse than the floods in January and in 2009.

Seruiratu said that Government is contemplating declaring a state of natural disaster in parts of the western division.

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He said government is trying its best to attend to those affected by the floods in the western division.

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=310312653f29bc16a83677...

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Worst floods 'in living memory' in Fiji

Three people have died and dozens are missing after Fiji has been hit by massive flooding for the second time in three months.

There is widespread damage on the island of Viti Levu, particularly in the towns of Nadi, Ba and Lautoka and the flooding left dozens stranded on buildings and forced the cancellation of flights in and out of Fiji.

The water came in heavy and fast, inundating streets and buildings in just a matter of hours and the rains came just two months after a flood that left eleven people dead.

But eyewitnesses say this storm appeared even worse - with twice as much water in half the time.

This is the worst in living memory and the damage is unbelievable,” says resident Dorsami Naidu. “Every shop in Nadi would have been affected and a lot of shops would have lost all their items.”

The body of a man was recovered from a vehicle that was swept away by strong currents near Nadi and the body of another man was recovered from a creek.

An estimated 2000 people have sheltered in evacuation centres in the Western District - many woken in the middle of the night by the rising floodwaters.

“It really caught us by surprise – I called police emergency at 3:48 to tell them that water was rising, we need help,” says evacuee Taina Wati.

Among those who took shelter was a 57-year-old woman who died due to complications from diabetes, and authorities are being criticised for a slow response.

Many were left stranded in the second storey of buildings by the rising waters.

“There has been no real disaster relief work in helping people get out of this situation or help them in any way,” says Mr Naidu.

A severe flood warning remains in force around major rivers, streams and for low-lying areas on the western side of the mainland and another low pressure trough is on its way – though this one does not look like it will pass directly through Fiji.

People are being warned to brace for more rain in the coming days.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Worst-floods-in-living-memory-in-Fiji/tabid/...

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Fiji floods forces 7000 evacuations

Two people have died in the floods, which have damaged homes and forced nearly 7000 people into evacuation centres. Fiji officials are considering declaring a state of emergency.

A severe flooding warning remained in place with heavy rain and squally thunderstorms forecast to hit the island group on Sunday, the Fiji Village website reported.

Heavy rain continued in Nadi, which was under about 1.8m of water, with levels still rising.

The town of Ba was similarly inundated.

On Sunday morning there were 6800 evacuees in 56 evacuation centres in Fiji's Western Division, the website reported.

The Rewa River was also rising to dangerous levels, though conditions had eased in Tavua.

Nadi Airport was open to departing flights but all inbound Air Pacific flights had been cancelled on Sunday.

A 20-year-old man died after he was washed away by strong currents in Ba on Saturday.

His death followed that of a 29-year-old father of two who died when his family's van was swept away.

Heavy rains from Wednesday caused rivers to burst their banks in the west of the main island Viti Levu.

Water levels were higher than those experienced during a six-day deluge in January which claimed 11 lives, meteorologists said.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/fiji-floods-forces-7...

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Seawall broken in Wailoaloa, Nadi town under 6.2m of water
A strong wind remains for the land areas of the Fiji group.

A tropical depression was located to the far south southwest of Nadi at 3am today and is moving further away from Fiji.

Associated active trough of low pressure continues to affect the group.

Forecast for the Fiji group today, strong north to northwest winds with average speeds of 35 to 55 km/hr with momentary gust to 85 km/hr.

Expect further periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms and flooding of low lying areas.

North to North West winds with speeds of 35 tp 50 kilometers per hour with momentary gusts to 85 kilometers per hour. Flooding of low lying areas warning remains in place.

Meanwhile latest reports from Nadi town is that it is under 6.2 meters of water.

Also, a seawall has broken in Wailoaloa which is expected to prove a disaster.

A resident, Abbas Ali said that if the flood waters rise, Navakai and Wailoaloa residents will be badly affected.

The area has 100 households.

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He said that they are also trying to get in touch with the authorities but have not had any success.

Rakiraki

Strong winds and rain has been experience in Rakiraki.

A resident Jona said water has receded compared to 8pm last night as flood water almost reached their home at FSC quarters in Rakiraki.
 
Also five families are now taking shelter at the Penang Mill last night.

At his point in time, 56 evacuation centres currently have 6800 residents.   

Lautoka

Many residents in Lautoka are experiencing strong winds.

Rifle Range resident, Zahid Khan said that this morning they are experiencing very strong winds and it feels like they are in a hurricane.

Meanwhile police are now evacuating residents in Vuda seaside due flooding.

Tavua

Heavy rain and strong wind is also being experienced in Tavua at the moment.

Police confirmed that some of the areas that are still affected by flood waters include Nabuna, Vanuakula, Korovou and the Yaladro flats.

There are 521 residents staying in the 4 evacuation centers there.
     
Rewa

Commissioner Central confirmed that the latest water level at the Rewa river is 3.95 meters.

The critical level is 4.5 meters.

Naitasiri

Three bridges in Naitasiri is closed to all traffic.

Vunidawa police confirmed that the Waima bridge in Vunidawa, Waila bridge at Natavea road, and Vatuwaqa bridge at Monasavu road are all under water.

Also the Naqali flats is under water and is close to traffic.

Navua

Looking at the Navua river, the river level water level is dropping and confirmed at 1.64 meters in the last hour.

The critical level is 4 meters.

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=0104121f1252dc3c68e4a5...

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Flood water level rises in Nadi

Flood water level is rising in Kerebula, Nadi.

A resident Kalam said heavy rain started around 4 hours ago and that they are currently experiencing heavy rainfall, strong winds and lighting.

Navokai Resident, Naushad Ali currently staying at a double storey said the situation there is difficult at this point in time.

Lautoka

Police in lautoka confirms that some areas are still flooded due to the heavy rainfall and some residents are still making their way to the nearest evacuation centre.

Mrs lal a resident in Rasak road lautoka said that they are starting to experience strong wind in the area.

Praveen Krishna of Drasa Lautoka confirmed that  the danger of the floods had gone because the flood waters levels.

He added that some of the residents are still without food at the moment while others are still at the evacuation centre.

Police confirms that there is a total of 500 residents living in the 14 evacuation centres in Lautoka.

Ba

Flood water has receded to two feet in Ba town.

Special Administrator Ba, Arun Prasad said flood water had started to rise in the afternoon.

He said they do not have water supply and that 25 police officers were on patrol to ensure that no vandalism or looting takes place in town.

In Ba they are now experiencing strong winds.

Prasad highlights some roads which are still closed.
   
Meanwhile, Commissioner Central confirmed that the latest water level at the Rewa river is 3.95 meters.

The critical level is 4.5 meters.

Three bridges in Naitasiri is closed to all traffic.

Vunidawa police confirmed that the Waima bridge in Vunidawa, Waila bridge at Natavea road, and Vatuwaqa bridge at Monasavu road are all under water.

Also the Naqali flats is under water and is close to traffic

Navua

Looking at the Navua river, the river level water level is dropping and confirmed at 1.64 meters in the last hour.

The critical level is 4 meters.

Cuvu, Nadroga

People are without power and water supply there.

A resident, Vimilesh said they are relying on rain water as they have been without water since Friday.

He said at least four houses are still underwater and most of the people are taking shelter at Cuvu college.

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=01041246a74acb5f46bdf8...

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Tavua town now flooded

For the first time Tavua town is now currently flooded.

Officer in charge Joseph Law confirmed that this the first time for flood waters to reach Tavua Town and its knee length.

It is currently raining very heavily in Tavua.

Ba

Special Administrator Ba, Arun Prasad said that at the moment it has been raining heavily there with strong winds.

Nadi

Strong winds and heavy rains continue in Navakai and Wailoaloa areas currently.

A resident Abbas Ali said it is difficult to say how many residents are currently facing hardships as it is still dark but there are more than a 100 households in the nearby areas which is most likely affected by the heavy rain.

He said this rain is very usual for the residents as many are facing this situation for the first time.

Naitasiri

The people of Naitasiri have been advised to stay indoors during the current condition.

Roko Tui Naitasiri Peni Sokia said with the Rewa river rising people should stop traveling to flooded areas.

The Waima, Waila and Vatuwaqa bridges have been underwater since yesterday.

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=01041236cb7bb5c9cd03b8...

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Indonesia:


Flood lunge Bima, 2 Residents Reported Missing

JAKARTA - Floods that hit Bima, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) on Saturday, March 31, 2011 yesterday damaging agricultural land owned by residents. In fact, two people were reported missing due to floods swept away.

Head of Data Center for Information and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, the location of flooding is located in the Village Simpasae, District Monta, Bima regency, West Nusa Tenggara.

"Two people were reported missing since yesterday have been done even though the search for victims who swept away. Reported a number of agricultural land damaged by floods. Data collection was done," said Sutopo in an electronic message to Legal, Sunday (04/01/2012).

He added that BPBD Bima Regency and SAR have been searching for victims swept away. Search for missing victims was suspended yesterday because it was already dark and the heavy water.

"This morning the search continued. BPBD continue to coordinate with government agencies to carry out flood mitigation measures," he said.

http://news.okezone.com/read/2012/04/01/340/603445/banjir-terjang-b...

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Comment by bill on April 2, 2012 at 4:28am

Comment by Carrie Stevenson on April 2, 2012 at 3:28am
Those poor people. I visited beautiful Fiji years ago, a lovely place with friendly locals. What a disaster for them.
Comment by Rick Rickster on April 1, 2012 at 4:45pm

Adding this here http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/elevation-losses-and-gains-7

Looks like the 7 is in progress...very sad for these folks in the drop zone. Wow

Comment by Nancy Lieder on April 1, 2012 at 1:17pm

Fiji is on a platelette that is supposed to lose out in the crunch, per the Zetas. Very scary for the folks living there, I'm sure.

http://www.zetatalk.com/info/tinfx372.htm

The islands at the plate borders in this region do not do well during the plate adjustments to come. The primary devastation will come during the hour of the pole shift, but the devastation has started during the 7 of 10 adjustments. Samoa rides on the Pacific Plate, which is pushing under the eastern edge of the Indo-Australian Plate, and as this process continues and accelerates, approaching the pole shift, will virtually disappear. The Solomon Islands do not fare much better, for the same reasons. Tonga and New Caledonia ride high. The little Fiji Plate, as the recent sinking indicates, will be a loser, pushed down into the notch as the Pacific Plate presses ever westward.

ZetaTalk ™ January 15, 2011

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