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Nasik Swami And Torika Tokalau
Saturday, December 15, 2012

Army on alert

THE country's security forces will ensure the safety of the nation during Tropical Cyclone Evan. Permanent Secretary for Information Sharon Smith-Johns said the military and police would be out in numbers.

She said they would ensure that all businesses were protected from criminal elements during the impending Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Keep away

MEMBERS of the public have been warned not to go near the sea or rivers if Tropical Cyclone Evan hits Fiji tomorrow. Permanent secretary for Information Sharon Smith-Johns says those who defy the warnings would be taken to task.

Ms Smith-Johns said the safety of the public was paramount and government would not tolerate such incidents.

Stock water

THE Water Authority of Fiji will be implementing a water conservation strategy to maximise its storage volumes as the country prepares for Tropical Cyclone Evan.

WAF team leader corporate communications Fulori Turaga encouraged people to store water to meet their needs for at least the first 24 hours before the cyclone hits.

Ms Turaga said the authority was also preparing its sites to minimise potential causes for disruptions such as checking chemical stocks and fuel stores.

Two dead

OFFICIALS in Samoa confirmed two deaths in the wake of Cyclone Evan as the capital Apia braced again for the storm headed back to the capital on its projected path to Fiji.

Hundreds of homes were destroyed, crops and huge trees uproted, power lines broke, water supply disrupted and rivers overflowed.

A Disaster Management Office spokeswoman said there had been at least two confirmed deaths, while the media reported a number of children were missing after being swept away by the raging Vaisigano River, which runs through the centre of the capital.

NZ ready to help

NEW Zealand was reported to be on standby, ready to assist Samoa with health and safety aid. The Samoan government is confident the country will recover quickly and has advised embassies and high commissions to not send out advisories to their citizens to change their holiday plans to Samoa.

"This is the biggest one I've been through and I've been through difficult situations in the Pacific (before)," New Zealand's high commissioner in Apia, Nick Hurley, told Radio New Zealand.


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