Bainimarama issues national advisory as Fiji anticipates another climatic onslaught

Update: 2:44PM FIJI’S Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has issued a national statement within the hour urging every Fijian to remain on high alert and adhere to the advice of authorities as the whole country prepares for more severe weather over the next few days.

The PM noted the weather projections that indicated a new cyclone forming to the West of Fiji, and it posed yet another serious threat to the lives of the people and the health of the Fijian economy.  

“As we’ve seen due to changing weather patterns, these storms are becoming more frequent and more severe, and it is vitally important that every Fijian is fully prepared for this fresh onslaught,” Mr Bainimarama said. 

“We (Government) are already providing relief and rehabilitation in those areas already hit by Tropical Cyclone Josie. And we have no way of knowing exactly where the next storm will strike, so we must all be prepared and alert.

“I urge you all to pay close attention to the media and the warnings and advice that will be given in the coming days. 

“Make sure your property is as secure as you can make it. If you have any doubt about its ability to withstand the storm, we have evacuation centres ready to take you.

“Your personal safety and that of your family is paramount.”

Mr Bainimarama reiterated warnings from authorities for people to avoid any swollen rivers and stay out of any floodwaters altogether. 

“Do not try to drive through water covering the road. I also urge every Fijian to please take special care to ensure those who are vulnerable, including children and the elderly, are kept as far away as possible from flooded areas and out of harm’s way.”