26 Apr 2012

Flood siren priority for special administrator of Fiji's Ba

11:14 am on 26 April 2012

The special administrator for flood-damaged Ba in Fiji's Western Division says the town council is determined to install warning sirens to give people time to move belongings to higher ground.

A state of natural disaster is still in place following the fatal floodwaters that swept through the homes of thousands at the end of March.

Arun Prasad says the interim government has committed to dredging Ba River and the council is clearing silt from drains and culverts.

He says it's also had discussions on a siren system with the chamber of commerce, the commissioner western and the police and is starting to get quotes.

"Definitely we want to install that and as I said I'm very keen to do that. Even if the stakeholders will not contribute to it as far as council is concerned that will be our project and we will make sure we do that."

Arun Prasad says the council would also like to see future developments in the Ba area very tightly controlled.