NFA, military help evacuees

MEMBERS of the military and the National Fire Authority were mobilised yesterday to assist in clearing debris from homes that were inundated by floodwaters during Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni.

National Disaster Management Office director Anare Leweniqila said the directive to the officers were to assist evacuees return to their homes.

“People are moving back to their homes and our officers from the military and the NFA have been assisting them,” he said.

“One of the main focuses for them is to help in the cleaning up of their homes.

“We don’t want to remove people from the evacuation centres, but we are trying our best to help them return to their homes.

“We have identified priority areas where the officers have been sent to help evacuees.”

He said some schools were still being used as evacuation centres.

Yesterday, teams from the National Fire Authority were in Ba and Tavua helping families recover their flood damaged homes.

As of 12pm yesterday, the total number of evacuees in the Western Division stood at 12,394.

The NDMO expected a decrease in the number of evacuees by later today as people returned to their homes.