PEOPLE residing in low-lying areas and close to the seaside yesterday began moving to evacuation centres in the Central Division.
A Fiji Times team visited three evacuation centres where people from Veidogo and Wailea settlements at Vatuwaqa, Korova settlement at Nasese and Muanivatu settlement were sheltered, as strong wind and rising waters forced them out of their houses.
At the Kabir Temple in Vatuwaqa, 160 evacuees from around the Veidogo settlement were taking refuge at the centre.
"Another centre has opened up for other residents of Veidogo settlement because we cannot accommodate any more people in here. Most of the evacuees here are from nearby settlements around the Vatuwaqa area," Corporal Rusiate Vulaono said.
Cpl. Vulaono is stationed at the Kabir Temple to ensure evacuees follow the rules set up for the welfare of the 100 adults and 60 children who had taken shelter there.
"A team from the District Officer's office left this morning after conducting their assessment. As of yesterday the evacuees have been eating whatever food items they brought with them," Cpl. Vulaono said.
The military training centre at Vatuwaqa has also been opened to accommodate five families from Veidogo settlement. "The numbers at the military camp evacuation centre are expected to increase because those families that cannot come here (Kabir Temple) will be billeted there," he said.
At the Vishnu Deo Memorial Primary School in Raiwaqa, approximately 40 families, with an average of six members each, are now billeted there occupying six classrooms with the numbers slightly expected to increase over the next few days.