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TD04F: Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office Activates Divisional Emergency Operation Centres

“It is not a tropical cyclone yet. It is yet to be announced as a tropical cyclone from the Fiji Meteorological Office,” Ms Soko said.
16 Jan 2020 09:35
TD04F: Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office Activates Divisional Emergency Operation Centres
Director for National Disaster Management Office Vasiti Soko during the press conference at Nasilivata House in Suva on January 15, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Divisional emergency operation centres have been activated as the country braces for Tropical Disturbance 04F — which is expected to develop into a cyclone today.

National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Director, Vasiti Soko said TD04F was forecasted to move through the Fiji group from later today into Friday.

She said the centres were activated on a 24-hour shift basis, having officers available and working on eight-hour shifts.

“It is not a tropical cyclone yet. It is yet to be announced as a tropical cyclone from the Fiji Meteorological Office,” Ms Soko said.

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“The path that we have been briefed on this morning (yesterday) by the Director for Fiji Meteorological Service is that it will continue coming through Fiji waters by tomorrow (Thursday).

“Most likely the part they are predicting is that it is going to go through Vanua Levu down to Lomaiviti and out the Lau Group.”

Ms Soko said the damage assessment that was supposed to be carried out in the southern Lau Group was on hold as the national emergency operation centre shifted its focus to TD04F.

“The team on the ground has confirmed with us that if we were to deploy a team a week later, the villages still have rations that were available for them such as root crops etc. that can sustain them after the TD04F has passed.

“We are looking at 80 officers for the deployment and we cannot afford to put the lives of 80 officers at risk while trying to get the things across,” Ms Soko said.

Ms Soko has urged the members of the public to take the necessary measures to ensure that the lives of individuals and families were protected.

“I urge the members of the public to adhere to warnings and public advisories issued and ensure safety for all.

“Unfortunately, every time we issue warnings, members of the public sometimes take it lightly. We ask you not to take anything lightly when it is issued from the NDMO.

“We ask that you adhere to warnings, if there are strong currents, please do not make an attempt to cross it.

“If there are any strong winds forecasted for your area, please remain inside. If evacuation centres have been activated, we ask that you move to your evacuation centre as of when it is activated.

Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and NDMO Divisional Commissioners were updated on the situation.

Contacts:

  • National Emergency Operation Centre: 3319250
  • Divisional EOC Central: 5332
  • Divisional EOC West: 4503327
  • Divisional EOC Eastern: 7775485/3313400
  • Divisional EOC Northern: 8811322/8811005

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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