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Evacuation Centres Fill Up As Members Of The Public Brace For Cyclone

Provincial Administrator Ra Elimi Rokoduru said 14 activated evacuation centres were quickly filling up with people from low lying and flooded areas around Rakiraki. The 204 evacuation centres have a
31 Jan 2021 13:48
Evacuation Centres Fill Up As Members Of The Public Brace For Cyclone
Some evacuees at the evacuation centre in Vuniika, Labasa on January 30,2021. Photo: Laisa lui

Provincial Administrator Ra Elimi Rokoduru said 14 activated evacuation centres were quickly filling up with people from low lying and flooded areas around Rakiraki.

The 204 evacuation centres have a total of  7612 evacuees with numbers set to increase.

“Some were there from last night, some of them are moving there right now just for precautionary measures,” Mr Rokoduru said

He said preparations were well underway as weather forecasts indicated that Cyclone Ana would make landfall in the Ra Province today.

“FRA (Fiji Roads Authority) is clearing the landslip in Matawailevu right now and there’s a landslide in Nabulini, but in the meantime it’s still cloudy, but no heavy rain. Police have been doing their awareness out there regarding people’s movements and curfew hours,” he said,

Acting District Officer Tavua, Shareen Lata, said light showers were experienced throughout Tavua with floodwaters slowly receding.

“Access was clear to all traffic, but not to all the paths like the main highway was open In the interior areas the roads are still not clear so we expect more rain, maybe later on and if it will rain in Nadarivatu then definitely Tavua Town will get flooded,” she said.

Ms Lata confirmed there were six evacuation centres in Tavua.

“My team is out in the field because people are still moving to the evacuation centres as we speak, but right now the centres in total have 258 evacuees,” she said.

“I have sent my team and they are going to get people from the low-lying villages so maybe the numbers will increase because a new evacuation centre will be activated.”

 

In Labasa

Three families are at the evacuation centre in Vuniika.

An evacuee, Nemani Lutu said the three families live near flood prone areas and during cyclones, water would rise and enter their homes.

“Police came to our rescue on Thursday evening when the water had just entered our house,” he said.

The family was also evacuated during TC Yasa.

There are currently 33 evacuation centres with 1,508 evacuees in the North.

Overall there are 88 evacuation centres around the country with more than 2,000 evacuees.

 

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