VILLAGERS in Vanua Levu have braced themselves for Tropical Cyclone Evan putting up hurricane shutters and cutting down tall trees.
In Cakaudrove, the officials of the provincial council yesterday got in touch with all their village headmen and district reps reminding them to work with villagers in preparing for TC Evan.
In the district of Namuka in Macuata, villagers flocked to town yesterday to buy food ration, kerosene and premix for the cyclone stock.
Tevita Biaudole was one of the villagers shopping for his cyclone food ration.
"Most of us from the district are in Labasa Town to do our shopping and prepare for the cyclone. The last time we were hit by Cyclone Tomas in 2009 was bad and we don't want a repeat.
"All our boats have been brought to shore and villagers in Visoqo and Namuka have been told not to go fishing to sea," Mr Biaudole said.
Cakaudrive-i-wai district rep Viliame Kabolo said villagers had started preparing food ration kept in their homes.
"Even the matured crops in farms have been uprooted and kept at home for families to eat during the hurricane days.
Divisional Planning officer north Alipate Bolalevu said the government north team had been closely liaising with the teams in Bua, Savusavu, Taveuni and other smaller government stations in Saqani, Korotasere and Tukavesi.