Residents of Namosau, one of Ba’s leading residential areas, are angry that the Ba Town Council has dumped flood damaged food and other rotting debris in an open area near Govind Park.
FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry who is surveying flood ravaged areas in the West, said not only was the dump unsightly, it was also a major health hazard.
“This is highly irresponsible action on the part of the health authorities. The rejected goods should have been destroyed and buried. Not dumped openly in a residential area attracting scavengers from nearby squatter areas,” Mr Chaudhry said.
The foul smell from the dump is making matters worse for the residents.
Meanwhile, about 43 families in the Bangladesh settlement, along the old Votua Rd in Ba say they have received no relief assistance in over two weeks.
Homes in the settlement were under water during the height of the floods two weeks ago. The families, among the poorest in Ba, are virtually stranded in their homes without food and water, as the access road is still impassable.
No water means they can’t even clean their mud-ravaged homes. Flooding in the settlement was caused by blocked FSC culverts.
Mr Chaudhry who visited flood-affected areas in Nadi yesterday said damage to crops and property has been quite severe. The cane crop in flood prone areas has suffered extensively, boding ill for the 2012 season.
Below:Sorry state of damaged cane farm in Talaiya, Ba
Below: State of the Rarawai Mill
Below: Construction work underway at the broken Moto bridge, Ba