NEWS

Public Transport Must Cease Operations NOW: NDMO

Fiji Police will be attending to bus operators who are still seen on the roads.
17 Dec 2020 10:22
Public Transport Must Cease Operations NOW: NDMO
Some buses were still operational in Suva on December 17, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Following the advice issued last night on PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION to CEASE OPERATIONS, the National Disaster Management Office has warned that Fiji Police will now be monitoring the situation.

NDMO confirmed Police will be attending to operators who are still seen on the roads.

Meanwhile, those in the vulnerable communities are urged to clear all loose items along the shore and within compounds to avoid further
damage by storm surges.

The National Disaster Management Office is again pleading with members of the public to prepare and move to their nearest
evacuation center if needed as a Hurricane warning is now in force for the Yasawa Group, northern and eastern half of Viti Levu,
Yadua, Galoa, Kia, Mali, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Matuku, Moala, Totoya and Lomaiviti Group.

As Tropical Cyclone Yasa moves closer to Fiji, the Fiji Meteorological Service has also issued a Storm warning for the Mamanuca
Group, the rest of Viti Levu, Cikobia and the rest of Lau Group while a Gale warning remains in force for Rotuma, Kadavu and the
Lau Group.

Fijians living along coastal areas are strongly advised to move to higher grounds or to their nearest evacuation center as a storm
surge and damaging heavy swell warning remains in force for coastal waters of Rotuma, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Viti
Levu, Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lomaiviti and the Lau Group.

 

Members of the public are also advised to continue monitoring the weather bulletins on the Fiji Meteorological Services Website
at www.met.gov.fj and National Disaster Management Office social media platforms for latest updates.

Be prepared. Families & communities are urged to prepare emergency kits and implement family/community disaster
preparedness plans.

Take the necessary steps to ensure that homes and properties are secured. Ensure that your compounds are cleared of all debris
that could harm individuals and damage property in the event of strong winds. Ensure that pets and animals are also taken care of.

When evacuating, ensure that your family is aware of your nearest evacuation center proceed with caution. Pack food and
necessities to last for 48hours, and that the needs of all family members are considered. If you are unsure about your nearest
evacuation centre and/or need assistance with evacuation, please call a Police Station near you.

Store water supply for 5-7 days and boil all collected water. Members of the public are also urged to stay away from powerlines.
Motorists and pedestrians are strongly advised to avoid crossing flooded roads and walkways.

Do not take the risk.

The NDMO also urges motorists and pedestrians to be cautious of landslides. If you are unsure about the condition of roads and crossings, contact the Fiji Roads Authority on 5720 for advice before travelling.

Mariners are also advised that A GALE WARNING remains in force for open waters between Fiji and Rotuma. and to heed warnings
issued by the relevant authorities.



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