Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Landslide - Fiji (Suva) MAY

A MUDSLIDE outside Suva caused a power shutdown after a power pole supporting high voltage power lines leaned precariously towards the road.

Fiji Electricity Authority workers restoring the power supply at Veisari.
Residents living along the stretch from Wailekutu to Naboro were without power yesterday as the Fiji Electricity Authority worked on relocating the power pole.

FEA and engineers from the Public Works Department were also at the site after mudslide closed part of the road at Veisari.

FEA public relations officer Mabel Howard said a power shutdown was necessary. She said the Wailekutu Samoan settlement to Ucuinamono settlement and all side roads were in the vicinity of the shut down.

"FEA must urgently relocate this power pole before it falls and endangers any lives and cause extended power outrages," said Mrs Howard.

"Members of the public are advised to take extra care at all times and to treat every line as being live."

"FEA regrets and apologises to its customers for any inconvenience caused as a result of this power disruption."

Ms Howard said power would remain off until relocation works are completed.

She said affected residents would be informed in due time when works would be completed.

Meanwhile, the Public Works Department has received reports of minor landslides in the interior of Naitasiri.

Divisional engineer central/eastern Raphael Smith said the only major incident was along Queens Highway at Veisari where traffic was reduced to one lane after a mudslide closed half the road.

Mr Smith advised drivers to approach the area with caution.

"We have a selection of trucks but we need to get approval," Mr Smith said.

The department's resources were stretched early this year following cyclones and floodings and Mr Smith said they would need to seek approval if they were to engage more trucks.

"We're outside the hurricane and cyclone season but it's still rainy," he said.

Mr Smith said the department was monitoring landslides in the division.

"Out main objective is to keep the roads open." - Source

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