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758 Evacuation Centres Ready

The director of National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Akapusi Tuifagalele, said 758 evacuation centres were ready to be activated if the need arose. This follows reports of damage caused by
21 Feb 2016 13:11
758 Evacuation  Centres Ready
National Disaster Management Office Director,Akapusi Tuifagalele.

The director of National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Akapusi Tuifagalele, said 758 evacuation centres were ready to be activated if the need arose.

This follows reports of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston from parts of Lau and outer islands yesterday.

Mr Tuifagalele said  communications to Lakeba, Vanuabalavu, Cicia and some other islands in northern Lau had been cut off yesterday because of damage done by the cyclone.

The Fiji Sun managed to talk some people from islands in the Eastern Division.

Taufa Saiono from Muanaira, Fulaga, Lau, said they were experienced strong winds and heavy rain. Some breadfruit trees fell and some crops were damaged.

Maikeli Tuitubou from Nabukelevuira, Kadavu, said they also experienced strong winds and heavy rain. Crops were damaged.

Maika Batisigana, from Yaroi, Matuku, Lau, said they  experienced strong winds and some crops were damaged, but homes were earlier secured to prevent damage.

Sesevu Talebula from Natokalau, Kabara, Lau, said they all experienced strong winds.

Joseva Ratuva, Kade Village in Koro said they were experiencing strong winds, heavy rain some houses were damaged and villagers had moved to the evacuation centre.

 

Security at evacuation centres

Security at evacuation centres, meanwhile, will be provided by the Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), said Mr Tuifagalele.

He said movements to the centres would be at day time only.

“The 758 evacuation centres are ready to be activated if the need arise. People going to evacuation centres should take food rations that could last about three days.”

He said food rations would be supplied also at evacuation centres.

 

Emergency operation

Mr Tuifagalele said the emergency team would not be going out for any rescue operations at night because of the risks they would face.

Store rations, remain at home

Meanwhile at the Emergency Committee meeting yesterday, it was also stressed that people start storing water, food rations and remain at home to be safe during the cyclone.

Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu said headmen of  affected villages would send in their reports after the cyclone.

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