MEMBERS of the public have been advised to take weather advisories seriously.
This is the plea from the Fiji Police Force, especially to mariners as the rainy weather continues in all parts of Fiji.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said police had noticed that people often defied warnings and ventured to sea.
"Mariners must realise that they are putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger if they decide to go out to sea despite the weather advisories," he said.
He said in light of the heavy rain and flash flood warning issued by the Nadi weather office, parents and guardians were requested to keep a close eye on their children.
"This is a time when they usually venture outdoors and have a tendency to play in flooded waters," he said.
Insp Sokomuri said the drowning toll was 13 compared to 14 for the same period last year.
He said there were hidden threats that could result in tragic accidents which was why supervision during this time was vital.
He said motorists were also being advised to drive with caution and care.