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Fijians in Tonga prepare

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

FIJIANS living in Tonga were experiencing destructive wind and rising sea level as they prepared for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Gita, which was expected to have developed into a Category 5 cyclone by midnight last night.

As of 2.30pm yesterday the president of the Fijian community in Tonga, Iliesa Tora, said preparations for TC Gita were on track and wind was starting to pick up speed.

He said they were expecting the cyclone to hit Tonga at 7pm and it was expected to intensify around midnight.

He said there were about 300 Fijians living in Tonga.

"Fijians are safe at the moment and we're expecting the cyclone to hit us at 7pm, so right now we're preparing for that," Mr Tora said.

Yesterday afternoon, Mr Tora said there was heavy rain experienced and all schools were closed after the acting Prime Minister, Semisi Sika, declared a state of emergency for the island kingdom.

"Government offices too have been closed and everyone is just preparing for the worst," Mr Tora said.

Meanwhile, Mr Sika, in a statement published on the Tonga Ministry of Information website, stated pursuant to section 32 of the Emergency Management Act 2007, he was satisfied that an emergency was happening or was about to happen because of the destructive force wind and sea rise caused by TC Gita.

The state of emergency commenced from 10am yesterday and would expire on March 12, at 10am, unless terminated earlier by the prime minister.








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