Fiji Met: Tropical Cyclone Liua poses no direct threat

Fiji Meteorological Services director Ravind Kumar. Picture: FT FILE

TROPICAL Cyclone Liua, the first named cyclone for the 2018-2019 season, poses no direct threat to Fiji.

This was the word from Fiji Meteorological Services director Ravind Kumar.

He said tropical cyclones rarely occurred in the southwest Pacific in September and there had been no recorded occurrences of tropical cyclones during this period.

“On the forecast track, it does not pose any direct threat to the Fiji Group,” he said.

A heavy rain warning is in force for the interior and eastern parts of Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti groups.

A strong wind warning is also in place for all Fiji Waters, including Rotuma.

In dire straits sugarcane growers in the Western Division claim they are in dire straits with the prolonged dry weather spell, poor mill performance and escalating demands from labourers and lorry operators affecting their ability to harvest and transport cane.

Prominent Ba farmer Arun Sharma claimed farmers were being hit from all sides — weather, poor mills and high costs.

“The Rarawai mill has not been operating at full capacity and the situation has worsened over the past week,” he said.

In response to queries from this newspaper, the Fiji Sugar Corporation said a mechanical issue was being addressed.

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