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Another flood alert

Maciu Malo
Sunday, April 15, 2012

FLOOD warnings have again been issued for low lying areas of Viti Levu.

People living in low lying areas have been advised to take precautionary measures as Fiji experiences another rainy weekend.

Fiji Meteorological Service director Alipate Waqaicelua said low-lying areas would be flooded as a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain lies slow moving over southwestern Fiji.

He said periods of rain, heavy at times, were to be expected.

"There will be occasional rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms on Viti Levu, southern Lau and the Lomaiviti Group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands especially in afternoon or evening with flooding of low-lying areas possible," Mr Waqaicelua said.

Commissioner Western and head of the DISMAC team in the west, Commander Joeli Cawaki, has warned the public to be prepared during the rainy weekend.

"We need to be well prepared again for this rainy weekend to avoid causalities. Common sense must prevail," he said.

He said most rivers and streams would easily get flooded because of the silt and debris from recent floods which made them shallow.

Cdr Cawaki said people should not take the risk of waiting for the water to rise before moving to higher ground.

"People should always be updated on the news bulletin with regards to weather developments," he said.

"Most rivers and drains are easily flooded during rain and people must take extra precaution on the steps to follow during such incidents.

"Some residents have themselves to blame for not following simple instructions and this must be a lesson to all."

Cdr Cawaki said residents living in low-lying areas were advised to contact the nearest DO's office, police station or any civil servant should they need to be relocated.

"People are also advised to make use of the evacuations centres provided if they don't feel comfortable living in their homes during heavy rain."





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