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Expect more rainfall

Salaseini Vosamana
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PEOPLE living in flood-prone areas are still being housed at evacuation centres as more rain is expected in the north later this week.

Divisional planning officer Alipate Bolalevu said even though some villagers in the Udu Point peninsula had returned home, there was a need for others to stay back at the centres for their own safety.

"While some evacuees have returned, others are advised to stay back because their homes are prone to flooding," Mr Bolalevu said.

"With Tropical Cyclone Evan dissipating and moving towards the western part of the country, more rain is expected, meaning flooding of low-lying areas." Mr Bolalevu said the safety of the public was of paramount importance thus, the emergency operations team in the north would continue to monitor the movement of people.

"It's always a trend to have more rain after the cyclone and we are taking a pro-active measure to monitor the situation on the ground because we don't want unnecessary accidents," he said.

A total of 66 centres were activated — 16 in Macuata, six in Bua and 44 in Cakaudrove over the weekend with the assistance government officials.


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