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Curfew across Fiji as Winston creates havoc

Update 6.00pm: Kings Road is closed between Nabulini and Rakiraki due to fallen trees. Very high winds are preventing clearing of these presently and road will remain closed until it is safe to clear. Update 4.57pm: The National Disaster Management Office has advised that a total public curfew will take effect across the country today from […]

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February 20, 2016 4:56 pm

Update 6.00pm: Kings Road is closed between Nabulini and Rakiraki due to fallen trees. Very high winds are preventing clearing of these presently and road will remain closed until it is safe to clear.

Update 4.57pm: The National Disaster Management Office has advised that a total public curfew will take effect across the country today from 6.00pm.  This latest measure is designed to restrict movement and ensure the safety of all Fijians. Only essentials services will be permitted to travel. This curfew will take place until further notice.

Update 4.27pm: Fiji Roads Authority has confirmed all roads in the country are currently open. However, FRA’s contractors in the North are on lock down as the division is currently experiencing gale force winds.

All clear will be given once it is assessed as being safe to start the operations and recovery plans.  Central division is experiencing gusts and heavy rain in isolated areas. No reports of road closures have been received yet.  Eastern Division is still experiencing the full brunt of the cyclone, and there are no reports yet received on road conditions.

Update 2.03pm: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has advised that all public transportation including buses; taxi; mini buses and carriers to cease movement at 5 pm today for public safety.  All road users and the general public are also advised to stop movement by 5 pm today.

No communication with parts of Lau Group

Director DISMAC, Mr Akapusi Tuifagalele spoke at a press conference minute ago.  He said they had lost contact with Vanuabalavu, Lakeba and Cicia.

Director Tuifagalele added this was similar to 2003 when communication was lost with Vanua Levu in the aftermath of TC Amy.

Military and Police to oversee security at evacuation centres

Director Tuifagalele said security of evacuation centres around Fiji would be handled by the military and police.

This is to safeguard the well-being of the people in these centres.

Prepare now

Director Tuifagalele said preparation is key to reducing the loss of lives and properties.  He encouraged everyone to make use of the daylight to make necessary preparations.

We advise the public to nail down roofs of buildings not strong enough, and dig drains as necessary.

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