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Heavy Rain Warnings for East

Heavy rain warning remains in force for parts of the country. This is for the eastern parts of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, nearby smaller islands, Lomaiviti and the Lau Group. This
24 May 2017 11:07
Heavy Rain Warnings for East
Children in Namara, Labasa, enjoying in the rain on May 23, 2017. Photo: Josaia Ralago

Heavy rain warning remains in force for parts of the country.

This is for the eastern parts of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, nearby smaller islands, Lomaiviti and the Lau Group.

This was issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service in its update at 7:30 last night.

In light of this, the National Disaster Management Office has advised the public to exercise caution.

“Flooding can also erode or wash away road surfaces creating potholes or uneven surfaces which may not be visible,” the statement said.

“Parents and teachers are advised to monitor whereabouts of children at all times and to keep them away from flooded drains or waterways.

“If unsure about your nearest evacuation centre, contact your District Officer, District Advisory Councillor, or village headman.

“Members of the public can contact the Fiji Roads Authority by phone on 5720 to enquire about affected roads and crossings.”

Yesterday, parts of Labasa town was inundated with water. It is also understood that some children did not go to school because of the weather.

Children were seen wading in flooded areas in Labasa.

A resident, Miliana Vananakuila said her area was usually the first one hit by floods during heavy downpour. However, there was no sign of flooding yet.

“But we are prepared might the weather worsens,” Ms Vananakuila said.

The Meterological Service website said: “A shallow low pressure system lies slow moving just to the southeast of Fiji.

“It is expected to move southeast further away from the group. Associated trough of low pressure with rain and strong winds continues to affect Fiji.”

For further information log onto www.met.gov.fj

In Fiji Roads Authority 4pm situation report yesterday, it stated some crossings and roads were closed to traffic yesterday. It confirmed that they would be opened once water receded.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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