Cyclone Tino Aftermath: Mostly Roads Affected, Says National Disaster Management Office

Na Draki says weather here expected to clear soon as Cyclone Tino  heads away from Fiji waters.
19 Jan 2020 14:11
Cyclone Tino Aftermath: Mostly Roads Affected,  Says National Disaster Management Office
Map: Fiji Meterological Service.


Tropical Cyclone Tino passed the country impacting mostly infrastructure such as roads.

According to a situation report by the Fiji Roads Authority yesterday, seven roads were closed in the Northern Division, roads in the Eastern Division remained open, only one road in the Western Division was closed while six roads in the Central Division were closed.

The Queens and Kings roads remain open to all traffic.

The Director of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Vasiti Soko, and director Meteorology Misaeli Funaki briefed the Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate on the situational reports on the ground.

A total of 3115 evacuees took shelter in 78 evacuation centres in the Central, Eastern and Northern divisions.

Mr Usamate then urged all agencies to get their teams on the ground for damage assessment.

Ms Soko said the NDMO would work with the Ministry of Health to make sure that homes were safe before evacuees returned to their respective homes.

TC Tino is now out of Fiji waters and by this afternoon it is expected to clear Tonga as well.

Commercial weather forecaster Na Draki said the weather in the country would start clearing.

“It’s all over bar the shouting now as TC Tino disappears over the horizon on a path that will likely bring the cyclone into close proximity of Tongatapu, and possibly to the Ha’apai group,” Na Draki said in its update yesterday.

“There are some residual gales but the remote eastern islands and cays of the central Lau group. Vanuabalavu and Lakeba plus nearby smaller islands were subject to storm force winds for a period last night(Friday night) but winds are easing quickly now.

“The heavy rain bands have cleared away now leaving some showers in the fresh to strong southerly wind flow on the western periphery of the cyclone.”

The search continued for a father and daughter swept away in the flooded Wainikavou River, which flows into the Navua River.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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