Northern Emergency Operation Centre to be activated today

Acting Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima (nearest to camera) at work with his skeleton team at the operation centre in Labasa. Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA/FILE

THE Northern Emergency Operation Centre will be activated today following the weather report of Tropical Disturbance TD04F and heavy rain alert.

Acting Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima said he met all heads of government departments yesterday to inform them about the situation.

“The current path of this disturbance cuts through Vanua Levu and the whole island is expected to feel the impact of this weather,” he said.

“So we will be on standby from tomorrow (today) and we are aware that if the disturbance remains on its current path it will enter through Labasa and Seaqaqa and exit through Savusavu bay.

“Members of the public should start stocking up on water and food. People need to prepare their houses and ground it well and basically prepare important stuff for this weather.”

Mr Rainima has also pleaded with parents to closely supervise their children during the period of bad weather.

The Divisional Police Commander North Senior Superintendent Eparama Waqa has echoed similar sentiments asking members of the public to adhere to weather warning.

“If people see the need to relocate to safer grounds, they need to move immediately and don’t wait until the situation worsens,” he said.

“Parents are to keep their children indoors and not play in flood waters.

“In the last situation of TC Sarai, there were reports of children playing in flood waters and our team will be out in numbers to prevent this from happening.”

SSP Waqa said he has alerted police personnel about the weather situation.

“Our team is on standby for any assistance needed during the period of this weather disturbance,” he said.

As of yesterday afternoon,TD04F was located far northeast of Fiji, east of Vanuatu and currently moving east-northeast at seven kilometres per hour.

It was expected to turn and move eastwards towards Rotuma with associated rainbands to affect Fiji.

Occassional and heavy falls expected for Yasawa, Mamanuca, Viti Levu, Lomaviti group, Vanua Levu and Taveuni and nearby smaller islands including northern Lau Group.

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