Weather watch: People and motorists advised to exercise extra care
20 April, 2019, 8:21 pm
FIJI’S National Disaster Management Office has advised people living in low-lying areas to exercise caution as heavy rain is expected to continue in most parts of the country.
The NDMO has received reports that some low-lying areas are currently facing flashfloods, including roads in Navua, Namatakula and Naboutini.
Motorists, particularly, are advised to take extra precaution and adjust travelling plans as heavy rain is expected to continue tonight.
Director NDMO Anare Leweniqila said the Queens Highway from Navutulevu to Lami would be temporarily closed until further notice because of rising floodwaters and landslides.
The bridges that are presently underwater are Galoa, Yarawa and Naboutini, and there is a landslide in Talenauwa.
“It is important for parents to ensure the safety of their children. They must not be allowed to swim in flooded rivers or creeks as this may lead to cases of drowning,” Mr Leweniqila said.
Members of the public are advised to continually monitor weather bulletins and forecasts on the radio or on the Fiji Meteorological Services Website at www.met.gov.fj.