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Heavy rain alert in force, says Kumar

Solomone Rabulu
Thursday, February 01, 2018

A heavy rain alert is now in force for whole of the Fiji Group.

Director of the Fiji Meteorological Service, Arvind Kumar said an active trough of low pressure with associated cloud, rain and thunderstorms to the west of Fiji was anticipated to gradually move over the country today (yesterday).

Mr Kumar said within this trough, embedded lows were expected to develop and remain slow moving near Fiji over the next few days.

"Expect wet weather conditions with occasional rain becoming heavy and frequent overnight and spreading to other parts of Fiji," Mr Kumar said.

"There is a high chance of rainfall exceeding 100mm in 24 hours and in areas of localised and frequent heavy rain, flooding of low-lying areas and catchment level is elevated with the forecasted rainy conditions for the rest of this week.

"The current situation is closely monitored and any alert and warning will be issued as appropriate."

Mr Kumar said it was noted that a king tide of more than two metres was also predicted this week, which further elevated the risk of flooding of low-lying areas and catchments because of the backflow of water given that rain was predicted to continue around most parts of the country.

Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Anare Leweniqila said in the event of a flood, members of the public needed to take serious precautionary measures, they should know their emergency contacts, know their nearest evacuation centres and prepare a family emergency kit should the need of evacuation arise.

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