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Ready for the worst

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, December 14, 2012

THE province of Cakaudrove is expected to be the worst hit in the Northern Division if Tropical Cyclone Evan returns to Fiji.

This was made known in a TC Evan briefing yesterday to the business community, members of the public and the media team by government officials.

Divisional Planning Officer North Alipate Bolalevu said the forecast details derived from an international source stated that by Monday morning at 9am, if TC Evan returned, it would cause rainfall between three to 20 milimetres and even more in the north.

"That is a lot so we should expect flooding if this happens.

"The wind strength that it will bring by Monday morning will be about 20 to 50 knots."

"We are only using these details as a forecast but we will work closely with our meteorology office and they are still paramount with their reading of the cyclone in Fiji,"

"People living in low lying areas need to start planning now of shifting to safer grounds.

"We just want everyone to be safe if cyclone Evan comes back," Mr Bolalevu said.

He said the team had set up satellite and radio telephone stations at the Commissioner Northern's office for emergency purposes.

"We continue to closely monitor the weather pattern as we aim to have no loss of lives, property or business affected badly,"

"We need to take precaution now and we note that the cyclone Evan's path is coming towards the north from Samoa so let's work together for everyone's safety," Mr Bolalevu said.


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