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Police Monitor Coastal Movement

A special Police team has been formed to patrol and monitor movements of people along the Suva and Nasese coasts. They will fine people who breach the declaration of environmental
04 Jan 2015 10:30
Police  Monitor Coastal  Movement

A special Police team has been formed to patrol and monitor movements of people along the Suva and Nasese coasts.

They will fine people who breach the declaration of environmental disaster set last Friday for areas affected by the raw waste spillage into the Wainivula Creek last month.

The mouth of the creek is at the Vatuwaqa foreshore meaning the spill could flow into seas along Suva and surrounding areas.

Police chief operations officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu said the team was formed after the disaster emergency declaration last Friday.

“The dedicated team is patrolling the area. The declaration for emergency is for one month,” ACP Tudravu said.

“The powers given upon us are to evacuate people from these areas because of the sickness imposed by this disaster and to direct and prohibit people from using these places for the sake of their livelihood and recreational purposes.”

He said the Police team would be policing and increasing their presence in these areas during the one month period.

Meanwhile, My Suva Picnic Park security guard Isimeli Vono said people had been adhering to the warnings since the declaration came into effect last Friday.

Mr Vono also confirmed that Police officers had been at the park’s coastal front last Friday afternoon to evacuate people that had been swimming at the sea.

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