THE Red Cross is carrying out an initial cyclone damage assessment in Labasa. The team headed by Northern Red Cross co-ordinator Arthur Simmons is visiting communities such as Bulileka and Batinikama and other areas affected by the cyclone. He said they were taking along packs of relief containing tarpaulins for damaged houses, clothing and other major necessities.
PEOPLE living in flood-prone areas are still being housed at evacuation centres as more rain is expected in the north later this week. Northern 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 centre for their own safety. Sixty-six centres have been activated in the division.
AIR Pacific and Pacific Sun have waived change conditions for its passengers as a result of Tropical Cyclone Evan. The airline says passengers holding tickets issued on or before December 15 travelling to or from Fiji between December 16 and 21 could rebook to travel until March 31, 2013. Passengers may change their bookings without fee and fare differential until December 21.
FOLLOWING two fire incidents in the Central Division yesterday, the National Fire Authority has again reminded people to be mindful of fire safety after Tropical Cyclone Evan. A lean-to house was completely destroyed by fire on Visama Feeder Rd yesterday morning during the height of the cyclone while another lean-to house was destroyed by fire at Tacirua Six Miles.