TC Keni: Saturation makes the island more vulnerable

Update: 2:14PM CONSISTENT wet weather of the past few weeks mean parts of Viti Levu not very close to Tropical Keni’s path will be more vulnerable than expected.

It is important for people in the Central Eastern Division then to take extra precautionary measures ahead of TC Keni’s movement further into the country.

“We are looking at 3pm as the closest it will be to Fiji when it will be 90kilometres South of Sigatoka,” National Disaster Management Office director Anare Leweniqila said.

Mr Leweniqila made the warning at this morning’s briefing to heads of Government departments, which included Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and military leader Commodore Viliame Naupoto, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of I-Taukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua, and Meleti Bainimarama, the Permanent Secretary responsible for disaster management.

“We anticipate the winds to be strong because as it comes close to Fiji, it is picking up strength and speed of a category 3, which should be between 120-150km an hour,” Mr Leweniqila said.

“At that strength, expect trees falling and roofs flying if they are not nailed down properly.”

Here are the contacts for the Emergency Operation Centre in the four divisions.

EOC Contacts:

1. Ministry of Health & Medical Services National EOC – 3544228

2. Lautoka Hospital EOC – 6660399

3. Northern Health EOC – 8812522

4. Colonial War Memorial Hospital EOC – 3313444

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