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Schools Stay Open, Up To Parents To Send Children

Schools will remain open today but it’s up to parents to decide whether it’s safer to keep their children at home. Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy gave this advice last
11 Oct 2016 11:00
Schools Stay Open, Up To Parents To Send Children
Fallen trees and broken power lines blocking road along colo-i-suva last night.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Schools will remain open today but it’s up to parents to decide whether it’s safer to keep their children at home.

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy gave this advice last night as more heavy rain warning was given by the Fiji Meteorology Services.

Mr Reddy said: “We are urging parents  to judge for themselves whether it’s safe to send their child to school given the road/weather condition.   If parents feel that there is a chance of flooding or there are any safety issues then they must use their discretion and take necessary precautions.”

He said his ministry was closely monitoring the situation and there would be regular assessments.

Heavy rain hit many parts of the country yesterday but there were no reports of flooding or road closures.

Fiji Meteorology Services director Ravind Kumar said: “The periods of heavy rain is expected till late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning with stormy thunderstorms in Ba, Labasa, Lautoka, Nabouwalu, Nadi, Nausori, Navua, Rakiraki, Savusavu, Sigatoka and Tavua.

“For Taveuni and Rotuma, occasional rain and few thunderstorms are likely.

“Meanwhile flood alert is now in force for all low lying areas and small streams adjacent to major rivers for the whole of Fiji.

“An active trough of low pressure remains slow moving over Fiji.

“Associated cloud and rain is expected to affect the group till later tomorrow,” Mr Kumar said.

Mr Kumar advised the public to be careful with their movements and driving in the wet conditions.

“They are also advised to take weather forecast and warnings seriously, keep updated with the latest weather information and are prepared for unexpected weather conditions at all times.

“People are also reminded to be cautious and alert if they are living in low lying areas that are prone to flooding.”

Meanwhile, a fallen tree in Colo-i-Suva caused a power black-out in the area last night.

When the Fiji Sun team arrived at the scene, only one lane was open to vehicles. A fallen power line was noticeable on the side of the road.

Members of the public are advised to treat all fallen Fiji Electricity Authority power-lines as live.

Call 13233 to report any fallen power lines.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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