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Exercise Safety And Caution During Easter Week

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is advising the public to exercise caution and be alert with the rainy and wet conditions expected before and into the Easter weekend. Considering
28 Mar 2018 09:48
Exercise Safety And Caution During Easter Week

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is advising the public to exercise caution and be alert with the rainy and wet conditions expected before and into the Easter weekend.

Considering the heavy rain alert in force by the Fiji Meteorological Service for the entire country, the public is advised that frequent heavy rain may cause flooding of low-lying and flood-prone areas.

As a precautionary and standard disaster ready practice, members of the public should know their emergency contacts, know their nearest evacuation centre, and prepare a family emergency kit, should the need for evacuation arises.

In the event of a flood, the public should take heed of the following advice:

  •  Refrain from walking through flood waters;
  •  Practice caution when travelling along hill or landslide-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 on all media for further alerts or advisories from authorities.

Road travellers during this Easter week are advised to exercise caution as heavy rain may cause flooding and poor visibility on our roads.

Motorists are advised to refrain from driving through flooded roads as depth and strength of flood waters are difficult to determine.

Similarly, mariners, small fishing boats and small fibreglass boats, should heed strong wind advice and refrain from travelling out on rough seas.

While families want to enjoy and celebrate Easter this week with their loved ones, safety and preservation of lives must be prioritised.

Members of the public are advised to stay updated on the weather updates through the radio and official social media accounts.

The NDMO is monitoring the weather situation and stands ready to respond should the need arise.

Source: National DisasterManagement Office

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