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RBF orders banks shut

Sherita Sharma
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

ALL commercial banks were closed at midday yesterday until further notice after an announcement from the Reserve Bank.

Head of marketing Westpac, Nirmala Nambiar said all Westpac branches were closed because of the impending risks of Tropical Cyclone Evan and no public transport.

"Opening will depend on safety (of staff) to reach work and damage," said Nambiar.

She said Westpac customers were contacted by managers, and were advised by radio and for queries can contact Ms Nambiar on 999 5808.

Bank of Baroda chief manager operations, Inder Paul Sharma, said BOB would also be closed until further notice.

"All the branches in the Northern and Western divisions are closed, and Suva and Nausori were open today until 12," he said.

BRED Bank CEO Satish Deb said their online customer care service was open for queries.

"We would just like to say to our customers to please be patient, this is something out of our control, " Mr Deb said.

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) manager communications, Lancaster Fong said the prevailing weather conditions caused the closure, and they would be reviewing the situation on a regular basis.

"Electronic channels are still open unless in the event of a power failure. The safety of our customers is a top priority" he said.

The Bank of the South Pacific has also closed all its branches, having being given the directive to give priority to the safety of their customers and staff.


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