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Exercise Caution Amid Heavy Rain, Flooded Roads: Says NDMO

The National Disaster Management Office is advising the public to ex­ercise caution because a heavy rain warning remains in force for parts of the country. Pedestrians and motorists are advised
04 Oct 2018 10:48
Exercise Caution Amid Heavy Rain, Flooded Roads: Says NDMO
These two market vendors in Nabua were well prepared for wet weather . Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The National Disaster Management Office is advising the public to ex­ercise caution because a heavy rain warning remains in force for parts of the country.

Pedestrians and motorists are advised to refrain from walking or driving through floodwaters.

Though shallow and still in appearance, floodwaters may be deeper and faster flow­ing and may contain dangerous debris. Flooding can also erode or wash away road surfaces creating potholes or uneven sur­faces which may not be visible.

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

The National Disaster Management Office advises families to keep emergency kits at all time.

It should include clean drinking water and canned/dried food, a battery powered radio, a torch with spare batteries, medicine, es­sential documents, clothes and other essen­tials.

As an act of preparedness, be certain about the location of your nearest evacua­tion centre.

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.

They are advised to continually monitor weather bulletins and forecasts on the radio or on the Fiji Meteorological Services Web­site atwww.met.gov.fj.

Source: DEPTFO News

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