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Rivers above red level

By ANA MADIGIBULI, ROPATE VALEMEI and AVINESH GOPAL
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Update: 1:51PM ALL rivers in the Central Division have exceeded the critical stage.

This was confirmed by Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou.

Warnings have been issued for people living in low-lying areas of Rewa, Navua, Waibuka and Waidina to move to higher ground.

The Fiji Meteorology Office said flooding in the Wainimala, Wainibuka, Waidina and low-lying areas of Nausori and the Rewa Delta posed a risk.

At 12.40pm today, Syria Park next to the Rewa River was under water and this continued to rise under bright sunny skies.

The Rewa River was at 4.10m at 10am, which is 1.6m above critical level, while people went about their daily business. It is believed to be raining in the highlands.

The Nayavu River was at 15.5m, 7.5m above critical level, while the Nabukaluka River was at 4.58m. This is 0.58m above critical level.

Nairukuruku River stood at 7.79m, 2.79m above critical level.

The Navua River, at 7am, was 1.0m above critical level while Wainibuka River was 7.2m above critical level. The Waidina River was 0.5m above critical level.

The weatherman recorded a high tide height of 1.8m and 0.6m at low tide.

Members of the public living in low-lying areas have been reminded to relocate to higher grounds.