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Race to store project tools

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, December 14, 2012

PEOPLE living in the Eastern Division have been urged to take extra precautionary measures as Tropical Cyclone Evan is expected to hit the country this weekend.

Commissioner Eastern Colonel Netani Rika said his office was working round-the-clock in getting various islands in the Eastern Division prepared for the cyclone.

"We have been in full contact with the various provincial administrators in the eastern division getting evacuation centres, vehicles and boats ready for the cyclone," Colonel Rika said.

"As we all know those living in the outer islands are the ones that get affected the most during the cyclone season, so we have started carrying out preparations procedures before the cyclone hits.

"Provincial administrators have been relayed the news on what to do particularly in getting their teams mobile when the cyclone hits.

"Now the provincial administrators are looking into government projects that were incomplete in the eastern division because most of the materials used have to be kept in a safer location.

"It is important for government officials working under the guidance of the provincial administrator to look into the government projects, as a lot have been put in for the development of such projects in the outer islands."

Col. Rika said that was the major task at hand for the provincial administrators and their officers.

"Most of them are already on the ground carrying out preparations for the cyclone and they are informing villages that they look after under the various tikina," he said.

"Old evacuations centres that are not safe to accommodate people will not be used during this cyclone season and so provincial administrators are to look for new evacuation centres."

He said all the reports from the provincial administrators in the Eastern Division are expected to be sent to the Commissioner Eastern's office by today.