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Fiji in for bad weather

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

AS Fiji braces for bad weather, relevant authorities in the Central Division are on standby to provide emergency services.

Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said his office was prepared with assistance from the Fiji Navy and the Government Shipping Services (GSS) for any emergency.

Lt-Col Tuitubou said his office had prepared a disaster plan for the Central Division which was forwarded to all district officers and provincial administrators.

"We are monitoring the weather condition constantly. Due to heavy rain the water in some of the rivers in the Central Division has turned brown which is the first sign of flooding," he said.

Lt-Col Tuitubou said all their assets were ready and they also had rescue boats provided by the GSS and would be operated by the navy in case of emergencies.

He said some evacuation centres in Tailevu had also been identified where people could take shelter if the water level rose.

"We are closely monitoring the water level in the Rewa River.

"There is no threat at the moment and the water level is stable but there are possibilities of the river to rise due to rainfall in the highlands.

"Our officials together with the navy have been deployed to Naqali, Wailotua and Wainibokasi areas," he said.

Lt-Col Tuitubou said while his office had not received many reports of flooding, members of the public were urged to stay away from flooded rivers and creeks.

"If people need help they should contact their nearest police station or my office and we will attend to them immediately," he said.

Meanwhile, some people in the country have taken necessary steps to ensure their homes are secure as weather condition worsens.

People living in lowlying areas of the Rewa Delta have not left things to the last minute and have secured their homes and properties.

Arti Devi of Nausori said since her family stayed in a flood prone area, they had stocked up supplies for the whole family in case floodwaters cut off road access.





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