Heavy Rain, Flood Warning Alert

The Central Division yesterday recorded more than 800 millimetre of rain in 24 hours (ending at 9am yesterday) after the heavy downpour.
03 May 2021 08:49
Heavy Rain, Flood Warning Alert
HEAVY RAIN ALERT... The Waimanu River at Sawani, Nausori, burst its banks yesterday after heavy rain on Saturday night. The Nadi weather office has predicted more rain and thunderstorms for Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby islands, Lau and the Lomaiviti groups. Labasa and Savusavu are expected to experience a lot of rain and thunderstorm as well, with a low pressure system, associated with clouds and rain, slowly moving over Fiji. Photo: Leon Lord

Fijians living in low-lying and flood-prone areas must take precaution. And those living in COVID-19 containment areas are requested to call the Fiji Police Force for assistance, National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has advised.

The Central Division yesterday recorded more than 800 millimetres of rain in 24 hours (ending at 9am yesterday) after the heavy downpour.

Flooding was brought about by blocked drains and waterways and in some places, rivers and the rains swelled the river and creeks and it broke its banks.

Wailea, Narere, Waidamudamu and Sawani areas within the Suva-Nausori corridor experienced some flooding.

The informal settlement in Wailea had water going into homes and despite orders not to move around, people were seen moving in flood waters and around the settlement.

Wailea resident Abhay Singh said high tide the previous night did not help.

Mr Singh said the movement of people was not mainly because of the floods as most people were freely moving even despite the warning and this was a concern.

Some homes along Fletcher Road in Vatuwaqa, Laucala Beach and in Nausori had water flooding their compounds.

While some officers ensures that no one breached curfew orders as well as adhered to the Health restrictions, others found a way out to assist those in need of help due to the adverse weather condition.

Police said they received no reports of any mishaps in the floods mainly because of the no movement directive.

NDMO says a heavy rain warning remains in force for Yasawa and Mamanuca Groups, Viti Levu, Kadavu, and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti Group and heavy rain alert remains in force for the rest of Fiji.

Possible impacts include risk of flash flooding of low-lying and flood-prone areas, flooding of small rivers, creeks, and roads and poor visibility on roads in areas of heavy rain for motorists.

According to the Na Draki Weather a low pressure system is affecting Fiji and it could rain for the next couple of days.

“If this were early February and not early May we’d likely be much more concerned about the prospects of this low intensifying into something nastier,” said the NaDraki forecast.

NaDraki says the risk of this intensifying into a depression or a tropical cyclone was extremely low.

Rain is expected to dominate again tomorrow before the cloud band finally dissipates and clears away from Fiji.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu


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