TC Winston

Power fully restored in the North

The Fiji Electrical Authority continues its effort in restoring power throughout the nation and now is successful in fully restoring power in the Northern Division. This was confirmed by the Minister of National Disaster Management Colonel Inia Seruiratu at a press briefing at the National Disaster Management Office this afternoon. The Northern Division has had power […]

Peni Shute

February 24, 2016 6:02 pm

The Fiji Electrical Authority continues its effort in restoring power throughout the nation and now is successful in fully restoring power in the Northern Division.

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Minister of National Disaster Management Colonel Inia Seruiratu. Photo: Peni Shute/Newswire.

This was confirmed by the Minister of National Disaster Management Colonel Inia Seruiratu at a press briefing at the National Disaster Management Office this afternoon.

The Northern Division has had power fully restored. We’ve also been working diligently to restore power throughout all four divisions. We are repairing downed lines and inspecting all of our national grid to ensure that power can be delivered safely.

Every wire will be treated as unsafe until these inspections are completed. In the Central and Western Divisions, power is being restored and assessments continue to be undertaken. In the Eastern Division, we have engaged a private contractor to measure the extent of the damage and begin restoration work.

Minister Seruiratu added that restoration works on water infrastructure had continued, water trucks have been dispatched, and backup generators are being brought in for areas with severely limited water access.

So far, we have restored access to water to the Waimanu, Savura and Wainibuku pumps and the Tamavua plant. The Lautoka system is operating normally, and the majority of Nadi and Sigatoka systems are operational.

50% percent on the Ba system is receiving normal water supply, while Rakiraki and Tavua are running on Genset systems and relying on carted water for the time being. In the Eastern Division, assessment teams are carrying out work in affected areas, but have been informed that the Moala system is operating normally.

The Minister said that when school resumes next week, students whose schools were severely damaged may resort to temporary measures for shelter like tents.

Assistance that we are looking at now is temporary shelters and that comes in many forms, so we are looking at the use of tarpaulins, we are looking tents in all various sizes, and hopefully when corrugated irons and other construction materials arrive we will look into the permanent structures. But yes, tents are highly likely to be used as a temporary measure.

Roads in Fiji had withstood severe damage by Cyclone Winston, and now Central and Northern Divisions roads are fully accessible.

For the Eastern Divisions, assessments are underway and work will begin as soon as we have a clearer picture of their situation. In the West, nearly 90% of roads have been restored, with work well underway to make all roads accessible.

Minister Seruiratu will have another briefing tomorrow morning for a continuous update on the rehabilitation works on the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

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