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Tropical Cyclone Ula – Situation Report No. 8 (as of 1600 hours, 03/01/2016)

Tropical Cyclone Ula – Situation Report No. 8 (as of 1600 hours, 03/01/2016)
Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 10 issued 0134 UTC Sunday 3 January 2016
January 03
20:44 2016

NATIONAL EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRE

Tropical Cyclone Ula

Situation Report No. 8 (as of 1600 hours, 03/01/2016)

 

This Situation Report is issued by the National Emergency Operation Centre and covers the shift from 0800 to 1600HRS.

 

Highlights

  • A Storm Warning remains in force for KABARA, NAMUKA, FULAGA, OGEA, VATOA AND ONO-I-LAU.
  • A Gale Warning remains in force for MOCE, ONEATA, MATUKU, and TOTOYA AND KOMO.
  • The DivEOC East has now directed its focus to the Lau group.
  • The NEOC continues to monitor restoration of essential services and monitors the movement of TC Ula.
  • A press conference was given today at 3pm by the Director NDMO, Mr. Akapusi Tuifagalele.
  • Public advisories continue to be issued to members of the community through the Department of Information.
  • The total number of deaths related to TD07F remains at 3.
  • The number of missing persons related to TD07F now stands at 4.

 

Weather Outlook

Tropical Cyclone Warning

A storm warning remains in force for kabara, namuka, fulaga, ogea, vatoa and ono-i-lau.

A gale warning  remains in force for moce, oneata, matuku, totoya and komo .

A strong wind warning remains in force for  the rest of the lau group, eastern vitilevu, lomaiviti group, kadavu, taveuni and the nearby smaller islands and eastern vanua levu.

Severe tropical cyclone ula centre [968hpa] category 3 was located near 19.8 south 178.5 west or about 110km south-southeast of kabara or about 100km north-northeast of ono-i-lau at 1pm today. The cyclone is moving west-southwest at about 16km/hr and may intensify further.  Close to its centre, the cyclone is expected to have average winds of 150km/hr and momentary gusts to 205km/hr.

On this track, the cyclone is expected to lie about 150km south of kabara or about 65km  northwest of ono-i-lau at 7pm today and about 210km  south-southwest of kabara or about 90km west of ono-i-lau at 1am tomorrow morning.

Destructive winds may begin several hours before the cyclone centre passes nearby or overhead.

For kabara,namuka,fulaga, ogea, vatoa and ono-i-laudestructive storm force winds with average speed 105km/hr and momentary gust to 155km/hr.  Periods of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms.  Damaging heavy swells with sea flooding of low lying coastal areas. 

 

For moce, oneata, matuku, totoya and komo: damaging gale force winds with speeds of 75km/hr  and momentary gusts to 100km/hr.  Periods of heavy rain  and squally thuinderstorms.  Damaging heavy swells with sea flooding of low lying coastal areas.

For the rest of the lau group, eastern vitilevu, lomaiviti group, kadavu, taveuni and the nearby smaller islands and eastern vanua levu: strong southeast to southwest winds with an average speed of 45km/hr gusting to 65km/hr. Occasional rain, heavy at times.

For the rest of Fiji: moderate to fresh west to southwest winds, gusty at times. Occasional
rain, heavy at times.

The following information is provided especially for the mariners:
For Lau waters and Southern Koro sea: expect winds of hurricane force and phenomenal seas within 15
nautical miles of centre. Storm force winds and very high seas out to about 35 nautical miles from the centre. Gale force and high seas out to about 60 nautical miles in northern semicircle and 100  nautical miles in southern semicircle from the centre .

Damaging heavy swells.
For the rest of Fiji waters: west to southwest winds 20 to 30 knots with gusts to 45 knots.  Rough to very rough seas. Moderate to heavy swells.

 

Situation Overview

 

Situation/Stats Total Central Division Eastern Division Western Division Northern Division
Deaths

(Reported by Fiji Police Force)

03 01

 

01

 

01

 

Missing

(Reported by Fiji Police Force)

04 02

 

02

 

Injuries Nil
Evacuation Centres Open 01 01
No. of Evacuees 139 139

 

Still missing are:-

Western Division

  1. Nigel Nischal Mani age 34 years – missing on fishing trip
  2. Rajneel Rajnesh Reddy age 34 years – missing fishing trip

Both fishermen of Volivoli Settlement Ra.

Central Division       

  1. Yakoub Khan of Davuilevu Housing age 51 years – missing on fishing trip
  2. Tevita Seru of Dravo Village Tailevu age 10years – swept away by current whilst swimming.

 

Divisional Situational Updates

 

Eastern Division

Lau Group

DivEOC Eastern continues to coordinate with PA Lau’s office for updates on TC Ula’s movement and developments.

Agencies are coordinating on the ground to ensure communities are prepared:-

  • Onoilau is experiencing strong winds and rain.
  • Ogea: is experiencing strong winds and rain.
  • Fulaga: is experiencing strong winds and rain.
  • Lakeba,Oneata, Namuka, Komo,Moce and Kabara : are experiencing strong winds and rain.
  • Fiji Police Force, Health, Roads and Education agencies on Vanuabalavu are on standby.

A communication line on Vanuabalavu is now open to members of the public on phone 8280892.

  • Fiji Police Force, Health, Roads and Education agencies on Lakeba are on standby.

A communication line on Lakeba is now open to members of the public on phone 8280999.

  • The Ono-i-Lau Post Master can be contacted on phone 6030705.

Lomaiviti

  • Restoration of power supply from Levuka Town to Bureta Village continues.

 

Western Division

  • The search for the two missing persons from Volivoli Settlement in Ra continues.
  • PA Ra’s office is coordinating with FRA to restore accessibility of Nakorotubu Road.

 

Northern Division

  • No adverse weather condition experienced in the Northern Division.
  • All essential services have been restored.

 

Central Division

  • No adverse weather condition experienced in the Central Division.
  • Power and water supply are being restored to affected areas.

 

Sectoral Update

WASH

  • The general public is advised to store enough water for drinking and hygiene purposes and to store it in clean, sealed containers.

EDUCATION

  • The Ministry of Education has advised all schools evacuation centres to be on standby for immediate activation.
  • Nabua Primary School remains open as an Evacuation Centre and is accommodating stranded passengers from the Patterson Shipping Services.

LOGISTICS

  • NEOC is coordinating with the Divisional EOCs and government agencies on the movement of resources and manpower to assist affected areas and services.

 

FOOD SECURITY & AGRICULTURE

  • All operations continue as normal.

FLIGHT SERVICES

Domestic Flights

  • All operations continue as normal.

International Flights

  • All operations continue as normal.

SHIPPING

  • Patterson Shipping Services has confirmed that its services for the Natovi-Nabouwalu passage will

resume tomorrow, Monday 4.1.16.

  • Government Shipping Services operations continue as normal. MV Vunilagi is still berthed at

Tikina Naviti, Yasaswa delivering water.

 

PUBLIC UTILITIES

POWER SUPPLY

Below is a list of areas without power as at 8.00am on 03/01/16 due to faults in the power system resulting from the Tropical Depression, with tentative restoration timelines.

 

Central Division :
Area affected Reason for isolation Expected restoration
Kalekana Settlement, Lami Patrol pending 03/01/16
Part of Matuku Street 1 phase out 03/01/16
Part of River Road, Narere 2 phase out 03/01/16
Part of Davuilevu, Lelean Memorial College Broken MV Cross arm and Broken Line 03/01/16
Patrol pending 03/01/16
Samu Domoni Settlement, Colo i-Suva Broken LV line 03/01/16
Part of Duilomaloma Road Broken conductors 03/01/16
Waila Agriculture Subdivision Broken HV Line 03/01/16
Naqali Village, Sawani Seven spans of line needs to be adjusted 03/01/16
Part of Koroi Road Broken line 03/01/16
Waidina Road, Namosi Village Broken HV Line, fallen pole, bamboo tree fallen on line 04/01/16
Part of Baulevu Road, Naduruloulou, Muaniweni Broken Line and Broken Pole 03/01/16
Dravo, Naila, Mokani, Cautata, Ovea, Vatoa, Bau Island Broken conductors at Ratu Kadavulevu Road 03/01/16
Part of Naduru Road Broken MV Line 03/01/16
Namata Village Patrol pending 03/01/16
Part of Kuku Road Broken HV Line and broken cross arm 03/01/16
Naselai Village Patrol pending 03/01/16
Kasavu to Korovou, Verata Ucunivanua, Matacaucau, Dawasamu, Kings Highway from Viwa Farm (Korovou) to Nayavu, Tonia, Vunidawa, Naivucini Trees fallen on power lines at Logani and Kasavu causing broken conductors 04/01/16
Burebasaga, Nasala Landing, Nasigatoka, Naililili, Nukutubu, Buredrua, Lomanikoro, Nadoi, Nabua, Drekena, Vunuku, Narocivo, Muana i cake, Muana i ra, Waivou Village,  Naikasara, Nabuli Village, Naidumu, Vunisinu, Nalase, Nadoria, Nakorovou, Naqarani Noco, Nabudrau, Naivila, Taci Village, Naqarani, Nakuruwai, Narocake, Noco Vodafone, Noco Junior Secondary School, Matanamoli,  Navaka HV cross arm burnt due to contact with HV line. Line patrol pending. 04/01/16

 

Eastern Division :
Area affected Reason for isolation Expected restoration
Siuda to Rukuruku, Cawatara Broken HV lines, trees on power lines 04/01/16
Waibole to Viro Village and Vunivisavu Broken HV lines, trees on power lines 04/01/16

 

ROADS

  • Western division and northern division are all clear.
  • Ovalau Circular Road at Viro Village (Levuka) will remain closed due to crossing approach washout.
  • Ovalau Circular Road at Cawatara Village (Levuka) will remain closed due to land slip.
  • Ovalau Circular Road at Sinuda Village (Levuka) is accessible to 4WD only.

 

WATER SUPPLY

  • Korovou/RKS/QVS
    • Teams are conducting repairs on QVS raw water pumps.
    • Standby raw water pump installed to replace inoperable Korovou raw water pump.
    • Water supply has been partly restored and work is still ongoing.
  • Levuka
    • 100mm pipe burst at Waitovu and 100mm main at Toki washed away at the bridge crossing.
    • Repair works continue from yesterday afternoon at Waitovu.
  • Deuba
  • Naboro – yet to replace bulk main washed away during current floods.

 

  • General Coordination
    • Preparation instructions have been given to all supervisors.
    • Supervisors have also been advised to factor in emergency logistics and rosters in their preparations.

 

GENERAL COORDINATION

  • The NEOC continues to closely monitor the developments on the restoration of essential services brought by TD07F and continues to monitor the movement of TC Ula.
  • The NEOC will also coordinate manpower and resources with Divisional EOC’s around the country in response to the impacts TC Ula.
  • Public advisories will continue to be issued through the Department of Information.

 

WAY FORWARD

 

  • The general public to be updated regularly on developing situation so that they are prepared and also refrain from unnecessary movement, especially for those planning to travel out to sea.
  • Divisional, provincial and district Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) to continue to be in a state of readiness to ensure availability of essential food items and relief supplies to affected communities.
  • The NEOC stands ready to coordinate damage assessments for TD07F and TC Ula and facilitate the necessary relief and rehabilitation measures required.

 

CONCLUSION

  • The NEOC will continue to monitor the developing situation and strive to strengthen its coordination mechanism.

 

Source: National Emergency Operation Centre, SUVA

 

 

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