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Brace Yourselves For Heavy Rain, Warns Weather Office

A heavy rain warning for the whole of the Fiji Group was issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service as of yesterday. This was confirmed by the Fiji Meteorological director Ravind Kumar
01 Feb 2018 12:08
Brace Yourselves For Heavy Rain, Warns Weather Office
Flooding in Narere , Suva on January 31, 2018. Photo: Ashna Kumar

heavy rain warning for the whole of the Fiji Group was issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service as of yesterday.

This was confirmed by the Fiji Meteorological director Ravind Kumar at a press conference in the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in Suva.

“Initially there will be an active trough of low pressure, rain and thunderstorms over to the western parts of Fiji and remain slow moving over Fiji today, tomorrow and through to the weekend,” Mr Kumar said.

“There is a high chance of rainfall exceeding 100mm in 24 hours and in areas of localised and frequent heavy rain.

“The risk of flash flooding, flooding of low lying areas and catchment level would be elevated with the forecast rainy conditions.”

Mr Kumar said for the catchment areas, with the King Tide of more than two metres being predicted this week, the risk of flooding for low lying areas is high as heavy rain would continue.

The NDMO advises that the general public must take heed of the heavy rain alert. Director NDMO Anare Lewaniqila said the NDMO officers in the four divisions were on standby and would be advised in due course if the situation would worsen.

Mr Lewaniqila has called on the general public living in low lying areas to know their evacuation centres and take the necessary measures to move to the centres.

“The emergency warning is for the whole of Fiji at the moment, the public advisory is mostly for those normally residing in the low lying areas to monitor the situation,” he said.

“We have evacuation centres in all districts and people know which centres are closer to them.”

He said the centres would be opened when the need arises District officers are now monitoring the situation.

Narere mother to seek help from authorities

Aadiamma of Narere Road in Nasinu was devastated to see her house flooded again after heavy rain yesterday knowing she is bound to lose household items and groceries which got wet .

She now plans to lodge complaints and a plea for help with relevant authorities like Water Authority of Fiji and the Nasinu Town Council.

“I have lost half of my household items because it got wet in the flood. Every time, when there’s heavy rain, my house gets flooded and I am left with nothing and have to start from scratch,” Aadiamma said.

“Yesterday I spoke with the Nasinu Town Council workers if they could help me because my house has been flooded since Sunday, but no one came to help me or resolve the issue.

“I live alone with my son’s house adjacent to my house and every time it rains, we all face the same problem

Questions sent to relevant authorities remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

The National Disaster Management Office can be contacted on 3319250.

In an event of a flood, members of the public are advised to;

Refrain from walking or driving through flood water.

Practise caution when travelling along hillsides or landlside prone areas

Parents and teachers are to ensure that infants and children do not play in flooded areas, drains, rivers and other waterways.

Stay informed for regular updates from all media.

Edited by Percy Kean

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