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FijiMet: Rain, Floods, Thunderstorms Today, Tomorrow

The Fiji Meteorological Service Principal Scientific Officer Forecasting, Stephen Meke, said people should continue to take heed of warnings and the updated weather forecasts.
12 Feb 2021 10:14
FijiMet: Rain, Floods, Thunderstorms Today, Tomorrow
Abdul Hakim of Nagiliso Settlemnt in Davuilevu on February 11, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

More rain, flash flooding and thunderstorms are expected over parts of the country.

The areas mostly affected are Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, parts of the Western Division, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby islands and low-lying areas.

Other areas are also expected to flood including the Central Division, especially the low-lying areas.

The latest forecast as of 7:30pm yesterday from the Fiji Meteorological Service is a result of a trough of low pressure slowly moving over Fiji.

The Fiji Meteorological Service Principal Scientific Officer Forecasting, Stephen Meke, said people should continue to take heed of warnings and the updated weather forecasts.

“For now we have a trough just to the West of us at a northwesterly wind flow that is currently upon the group so we expect rain to be coming in, especially for the Western and Northern parts of Fiji,” he said.

This will continue until tomorrow, he said.

He added those living in the North may be at high risk of landslides and those living in low-lying areas to flash flooding.

Mr Meke is urging members of the public to be vigilant when moving around and is advising everyone not to cross any flooded creeks or rivers.

 

Roads and bridges closed, on half lane access

As of 3pm yesterday, the impending weather conditions forced roads, crossings and bridges in the Western and Northern Divisions to be closed, the Fiji Roads Authority report on heavy rain summary noted.

Others were either placed on single lanes or accessible only to 4WD because the roads were underwater or too slippery to be crossed, FRA noted.

In the Western Division, 162 roads were closed.

A Dalip Chand and Son Buses Limited and a vehicle bogged on a road in the North.  Photo: Dalip Chand and Son Buses Limited

A Dalip Chand and Son Buses Limited and a vehicle bogged on a road in the North. Photo: Dalip Chand and Son Buses Limited

Bogged buses

In the North, communities called on stakeholders to look into the poor road conditions as a bus operator halted its services in some areas after a few of the buses were bogged by mud.

Nakama/Sarava advisory counsellor, Sofia Bi, said that 2000 people who live in the area heavily depend on the bus services to travel to town, work, hospital and school.

Ms Bi said due to the continuous adverse weather conditions the road conditions had made it impossible for the bus companies to operate the normal timetable.

Vunikawakawa Village headman Ropate Rawaqa said that the crossing had been partially washed away by the recent flood brought in by Tropical Cyclone Ana and with the weather situation yesterday, it continued.

Village head man of Yaudigi Aloisio Tabalala said the crossing in Caralevu and in Kulukulu were badly damaged.

“Villagers have to walk four kilometres to catch the bus while no vehicles can cross because the roads are in really bad condition,” Mr Tabalala said.

Dalip Chand and Son Buses Limited director Rohinil Chand said they have ceased bus operations because their buses have experienced bogging in some areas.

 

Central Division

The Central Division was no different.

Residents of Naqiliso settlement in Davuilevu Housing urged relevant authorities to look into proper drainage systems for their community.

Abdul Hakim, a resident of 15 years said: “Flooding happens every time because the drain is narrow and there’s nothing to support the tunnels when it rains heavily.”

He said water could be waist-deep if rain continued.

Feedback:  nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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