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North Monitors Dry Spell

North Monitors Dry Spell
About 22,500 people in the Northern Division are affected by the dry spell. Photo: Peni Drauna
September 19
10:00 2015

Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea and his team are monitoring the dry spell affecting the Northern Division.

About 22,500 people in the division are   affected by the dry spell.

Mr Vocea said their Divisional and District Operation Centres were monitoring the situation and delivering water to affected areas.

“The operation in the Northern Division includes cartage of emergency water by trucks to areas accessible by roads and also by boats using the MV Vunilagi for maritime islands and those areas that are not accessible by roads within the division,” Mr Vocea said.

He said requests for assistance continued to be received by the Emergency Water Operation Centres (EWOC) despite some parts of Vanua Levu experiencing brief showers this week.

“The situation in the North has been identified as very critical and operations have now stepped up. People are not only requesting water for drinking and cooking, but for other purposes since water sources had dried up.”

He said about $220,000 had been used to distribute water in areas affected in the North and maritime islands.

“Government continues to cart water to affected areas. Seventeen schools have been assisted in the North with an approximate number of 5000 students.”

“The emergency water operation centres in the North will continue to respond to request from schools within the division.

“Twelve trucks have been hired for water distributions in the North – six in Labasa, four in Seaqaqa, one in Bua and one in Savusavu with the assistance of the government vessel MV Vunilagi which covers the maritime zones.”

Principal agriculture officer northern John Cox said situations in the North were not favourable.

He said some farmers had resorted to creeks and rivers to water their farms.

“In the Cakaudrove Province, there is no drought effect on crop and livestock,” Mr Cox said.

He said the El Nino affecting the Fiji Group would see water level reaching critical level.

Meanwhile, the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) revealed that intakes levels at dams and reservoirs have been fluctuating because of below average rainfall in the division this month.




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