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Cyclone Mona Update: First Evacuation Centre Open At Draiba

The first evacuation centre opened at Draiba Primary School. The National Disaster Management Office confirmed that the evacuation centre was activated to cater for a few families living at Korova settlement
04 Jan 2019 19:16
Cyclone Mona Update: First Evacuation Centre Open At Draiba
Residents of Korova settlement arrive at the Draiba Fijian School evacuation centre.

The first evacuation centre opened at Draiba Primary School.

The National Disaster Management Office confirmed that the evacuation centre was activated to cater for a few families living at Korova settlement beside the Fiji Maritime Academy at Laucala.

Fijians are advised to be prepared as Tropical Cyclone Mona weaves its way into the group.

Yesterday the NDMO had activated the National Emergency Operation Centre.

Officers are on the ground and are working closely with relevant emergency operators for the safety of members of the public.

 

Residents of Korova settlement at the Draiba Fijian School evacuation centre.

Residents of Korova settlement at the Draiba Fijian School evacuation centre.

  • It is important to tie up or nail loose items like iron roof that could blow about and possibly cause injury or damage during strong winds. Also clear tree branches around your homes. Ensure windows are fitted with shutters.
  • People who live on low lying areas prone to flooding and storm surges to know your nearest safe high ground where your evacuation centre is located and your safest access route.
  • It is important for parents to ensure the safety of their children. They must not be allowed to swim in flooded rivers or creeks to avoid drowning incidents. Clear blockage drainage around homes to prevent flooding. .
  • For motorists, do not attempt to drive through flooded areas. This is the cause of most flood- related deaths in Fiji.
  • For mariners especially small boats owners are advised not to venture in rough seas to avoid incidents that may cause loss of lives at seas as recently experienced
  • Prepare an emergency kit containing basic items: portable battery radio, torch and spare batteries; water containers, canned food, matches, fuel lamp, portable stove, cooking gear, eating utensils; and a first aid kit.
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