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Ten hours lockdown

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, December 17, 2012

A CURFEW was last night imposed for the Northern Division restricting people from moving around between 8pm to 6am.

The curfew was put in place following the threats posed by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica yesterday told heads of government departments the curfew was imperative.

"When people are moving around at the height of the cyclone, they put themselves at risk and also put the lives of government officials at risk because of rescuing purposes.

"So we will restrict movement for the sake of ensuring that the community stays safe," Lt-Col Moceica said.

He said police would patrol and monitor movements to ensure that members of the public adhere to the curfew. The curfew period would be observed and any decisions to be lifted would be made by Lt-Col Moceica.

"Civil servants too will not turn up to work tomorrow (today) until the cyclone passes.

"As heads of departments, you are to use your discretion if you want them to come in and do something urgently," Lt-Col Moceica said. He reminded his team of the importance of peoples' lives.

The emergency operation centres were activated on Saturday afternoon.

"Infact, we have been working for a week now in informing the public about TC Evan and the importance of being prepared now.

"People have taken our advice and started preparing themselves even before the cyclone hit which is a positive move," Lt-Col Moceica said.