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North Gears Up For Tropical Cyclone Ula

  Staff have been deployed to monitor the weather conditions in the Northern Division. This was confirmed by the Northern Division Planning officer Alipate Bolalevu yesterday. “When we saw the
02 Jan 2016 12:14
North Gears Up For Tropical Cyclone Ula
Rajen Prasad (second from the right) with his family members and relatives collecting housing materials which was blown away by the wind Friday night in Vitandra outside Labasa Town. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

 

Staff have been deployed to monitor the weather conditions in the Northern Division.

This was confirmed by the Northern Division Planning officer Alipate Bolalevu yesterday.

“When we saw the drastic changes in the weather condition on Thursday evening we immediately organised two staff to monitor the weather situation,” Mr Bolalevu said.

“There are skeleton staff in the three provinces Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata who will continue monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula.”

Meanwhile, Mr Bolalevu has advised fishers not to go out fishing as strong wind prevail.

 

Labasa and Savusavu

The temporary grog stall at the Labasa Market had its roofing blown away because of the strong winds yesterday.

Special administrator of Labasa and Savusavu Town Council Vijay Chand said no major damage was suffered in Labasa and Savusavu.

“The towns are safe,” Mr Chand said.

Meanwhile, cash crops and vegetable farms were filled with rain water.

Some tree branches on the side of the road had fallen on Fiji Electricity Authority power lines which caused power shutdowns in areas such as Waiqele, Wailevu, Bulileka, Valebasoga, Malau and other areas outside Labasa Town.

Some home owners had rooftops and some parts of their houses blown away.

Rajen Prasad of Vitadra told Fiji Sun that a room in his house had part of its rooftop blown away and landed about 100 metres from his house.

“Fortunately no one was in that room. However, rainwater came inside my house and the whole night we were busy clearing the water,” he added.

Some places in Labasa and Savusavu have been without water since last night.

 

Road blocks in Bua

Three buses belonging to Parmod Enterprises Limited which transported passengers on Thursday afternoon to Daria, Nasolo and Saweni in Bua could not return to Labasa yesterday.

Bus company managing director Parmod Chand said these buses are still stuck near Solevu Village because the Irish crossing was under water and some parts of it washed away.

“I have requested Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) to organise a quick response team to do something about the Irish crossing,” Mr Chand said.

FRA in their first situation report mentioned that roads in some parts of Nabouwalu were closed as one of the crossings was washed away and temporary access will be completed over the weekend.

Some passengers that boarded a bus to Daria said they there were minor landslides along the Nabouwalu road.

 

Rabi Island and Kioa Island

Rabi Council executive director David Christopher said the island experienced strong wind and continuous rainfall.

“We experienced the strong wind and rain but there is not much destruction in the island,” Mr Christopher said.

“Yesterday there was no rain but only strong winds. However fishermen are not going out for fishing.”

Similar sentiments were shared by Kioa chairman of the Advisory Council Loto Fiafia.

“None of the houses were damaged but the strong wind damaged the root crops and vegetables,” Mr Fiafia said.

He urged his people to be alert and stay away from travelling and fishing.

 

Taveuni Island

Joe Tokoni, of Naqara Settlement in Taveuni Island, said the strong wind that they experienced yesterday had made a lot of rubbish at the shopping centre.

“A lot of tree branches, leaves and as well as uprooted trees accumulated piles of rubbish at our main shopping centre,” Mr Tokoni said.

He said there had been continuous rain and strong winds.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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