Severe flood alert

MOVE to higher ground now.

Fiji Meteorological Service director Ravindra Kumar says with more rain forecasted for this weekend and the soil being saturated, there is a high risk of severe river flooding especially in the Western Division.

He also said people living in landslide-prone areas needed to take the necessary precautions now.

Mr Kumar said the expected rainfall was linked to a low pressure system to the west of Fiji that has developed into a Tropical Disturbance, christened TD13F. He said the likely impact would be worse than Tropical Cyclone Josie.

“It is expected to intensify into a tropical depression by Sunday and expected to further intensify into a Category 1 tropical cyclone,” he said.

“The system is expected to take a similar track as Tropical Cyclone Josie, passing southwest of the group early next week.

“It is likely that the system will be stronger than TC Josie and depending on how far from the group it tracks; the likely impacts may be similar or even worse.” Mr Kumar said as the system moved closer to the group, people should expect strong to damaging gale force winds with frequent heavy rain.

Meanwhile, an active trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain remains slow moving over Fiji. A strong wind warning is now in force for all land areas of western Viti Levu and the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and Northern Lau group.

A heavy rain warning remains in force for the Yasawa group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and northern Lau group and is now in force for Lomaiviti group, western Viti Levu and Mamanuca group.

A flood warning remains in force for low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to the downstream of Delawa and Wairikicake to Labasa Town (Labasa River) and Dreketilailai to Qawa bridge (Qawa River).

A flood alert remains in force for low lying areas, small streams and areas adjacent to the rest of the major rivers of Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

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