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771 evacuation centres Fiji wide

Ropate Valemei And Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, December 16, 2012

A TOTAL of 771 evacuation centres will be opened around the country when Tropical Cyclone Evan hits Fiji.

According to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), there were 226 centres in the Northern Division, 283 in the west, 171 in the central and 91 in the Eastern Division.

"The divisional commissioners will send out messages for evacuation centres to be opened," the NDMO office said.

The office has established that none of the centres had been opened as of yesterday. However, the northern commissioner's office confirmed that advise was given to open all evacuation centres in the north by the Commissioner Northern, Lieutenant-Colonel Ilai Moceica. Asesela Biutiviti from the north divisional operations centre said only one evacuation centre, Vaturova High School, was filled as of yesterday evening.

"The commissioner's office staff is running around advising villagers to move to evacuation centres," Mr Biutiviti said.

He said most of the schools would be used for evacuation centres in the north.

Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki confirmed that none of the centres in the west had been opened yet, while Commissioner Eastern, Lieutenant-Colonel Netani Rika confirmed the same for the east.