THE Nadi District Office issued a directive yesterday for residents living near major rivers to move to higher ground.
At 11am yesterday, district officer Peni Koro said residents living near the Nadi River, Sabeto River and Qeleloa River were informed to prepare for the worst and move to higher ground.
"We have sent out a directive to residents in these areas to be alert while rainfall continues. Although rainfall in the lower parts of Nadi have ceased for now, the highland areas continue to experience rainfall, which will cause water levels in the rivers to rise," said Mr Koro.
"We have sought the assistance of the police to inform residents to move if the need arises."
Nadi Police Station officer-in-charge Assistant Superintendent of Police Simione Bale said officers were assisting with traffic flow.
"The bus stand experienced some flooding and we had to move in to help with the traffic," said ASP Bale.
"We are working on alerting people and just informing them that if they need to move, they should move to higher grounds. Traffic along the Nadi Back Road is normal and we expect it to be that way unless something changes."
Businesses have also been asked to take precautionary measures. Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industries president Doctor Ram Raju said businesses in Nadi were kept informed of the changing weather.
"I have given out an advisory that should the weather change, they should start moving their things and secure their businesses. Most of them are not leaving anything to chance," said Dr Raju.
Meanwhile, the Fiji Meteorological Service reported an active trough of low pressure lies slow moving over Fiji.
Associated cloud together with moist north-westerly wind flow is expected to cause heavy rainfall over the western parts of the country, says the weather office. The forecast for midnight tonight showed that the western half of Viti Levu, Yasawa and the Mamanuca group would experience heavy rains and squally thunderstorms.