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Stay sober, PM warns

Nasik Swami
Saturday, December 15, 2012

WITH Tropical Cyclone Evan expected to hit Fiji tomorrow, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said drinking alcohol and yaqona would not help the situation.

In his national message yesterday on the state of readiness, Commodore Bainimarama urged all Fijians to take the impending disaster seriously.

He said every Fijian would be affected.

"I urge each and everyone of you not to take lightly the warning given by authorities. I call on you to secure your homes, your businesses and your properties," Commodore Bainimarama said.

The Prime Minister said no one should be complacent.

"You must restrict your movements and refrain from unnecessary travel. This includes travelling out to sea. Parents, please, make sure your children are safe and at home with you," he said.

Commodore Bainimarama said since it was the festive season, people should consider cancelling social events and act responsibly.

"All of us need a clear mind for what is bearing down on us. Your family responsibilities must come first."

He requested everyone to help their neighbours, the elderly and the disabled.

"We must take preventative steps now," Commodore Bainimarama said.