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Rescue teams on standby

Nasik Swami
Saturday, December 15, 2012

THE police disaster management teams from around the divisions are on standby as Fiji prepares for Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said officers had been given the role to assist in rescue efforts, conduct patrols in affected areas, provide security, monitor and control movements of vehicles and provide security at evacuation centres.

She said people were being advised to prepare and take all precautionary measures, not leave things to the last minute and take the weather advisories seriously.

Ms Naisoro said members of the public could contact 917, 911, 919 emergency numbers or police command centres.

Meanwhile, Samoan students who are stranded in Fiji said they could only pray for the safety of their families back home.

Four high school students from Tiapapata, Samoa, on vacation in Fiji were to have left the country on Thursday but could not because of the closure of their international airport.

Speaking to this newspaper yesterday, Ben Percival said he was worried about the welfare of his family in Samoa.

"Luckily we were in Fiji when the cyclone struck. My friends and I are safe here but we are really worried about our families," Mr Percival said.

He said all he had heard from his family in Samoa was that the cyclone had caused a lot of damage and left many people homeless.

"I was told that the house next to mine in Tiapapata blew away. One can only imagine what was happening in Samoa," Mr Percival said. He said some of his friends in Samoa had informed him that low-lying areas were all flooded.