Rain below normal, says weather office

Fiji Meteorological Services director Ravind Kumar explains the projected path of the cyclone during the media briefing in Nadi yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Fiji Meteorological Services director Ravind Kumar. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

RAIN is expected to be below normal come October, says Fiji Meteorological Service director Ravind Kumar.

While the country is experiencing a dry spell situation, Mr Kumar said the most affected area in the country was the north-west part of Viti Levu. He said Tavua and Rakiraki were experiencing 60 to 70 consecutive days of very little or no rain at all.

“It was in July to August when we saw a reduction in rainfall which is unusual especially in the dry seasons,” Mr Kumar said.

“This is a dry spell and it’s not a drought so when we look at the dry seasons, the dry seasons in the past compared with this one as from May to end of June was quite normal.

“We have seen water in the small creeks and rivers starting to dry up. Should this continue, the rivers will be flowing very little of water.” He said this situation would continue for some time.

Water Authority of Fiji board director Kamal Gounder said they had started delivering water to the affected areas.

Mr Gounder urged members of the public to store water should they face any disruptions.