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Public urged to restrict travel

Authorities have asked the public to reconsider plans for travel and events this weekend given the high possibility of a cyclone developing this weekend. RELATED STORY: TD04F expected to develop into a tropical cyclone The National Disaster Controller, Mr Meleti Bainimarama said all Fijians should practice necessary preventative measures and restrict movement to necessary travel […]

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December 15, 2016 8:05 am

Authorities have asked the public to reconsider plans for travel and events this weekend given the high possibility of a cyclone developing this weekend.

The National Disaster Controller, Mr Meleti Bainimarama said all Fijians should practice necessary preventative measures and restrict movement to necessary travel and gatherings only.

BAINIMARAMA: “In the past, we have had casualties with small boats out at sea after people were returning from social gatherings amidst weather warnings and alerts by authorities.”

Mr. Bainimarama asked those still living in tents to pay close attention to advisories through the media.

BAINIMARAMA: “Should the need arise, District Officers and government officials are on the ground and will provide necessary evacuation support.  For those whose evacuation centres were damaged by Cyclone Winston, these communities can find out their nearest alternative evacuation centre through their District Office.”

Authorities advise caution over weather

December 14 – The National Disaster Management Office and Police have urged the public to take precautions and regularly check for updates on Tropical Disturbance 04F.

TD 04F is expected to bring heavy rain and develop into a Tropical Depression over the next 48 hours.

The National Disaster Controller and Permanent Secretary for National Disaster Management, Mr Meleti Bainimarama, said there was a 25-50% chance that a cyclone would form in Fijian waters.

BAINIMARAMA: “The National Disaster Management Office is closely monitoring the situation. All members of the public should exercise caution and remain alert at all times,”

Mr Bainimarama urged parents to closely monitor their children and keep them away flooded drains or waterways. 

BAINIMARAMA: “Those Fijians living in flood-prone and low-lying areas should be watchful of the tides and of any possible flooding due to heavy rains. Compounds should be cleared of all debris and tree tops should be trimmed as a precautionary measure,”

Police ACP Rusiate Tudravu also urged the public to take heed of the advisories and take the necessary precautions as the heavy rain alert was bound to cause flash flooding in some areas.

TUDRAVU: “As of today, the drowning death toll stands at 23 compared to 36 for the same period last year. And with 11 of that figure involving children under 10 years of age, parental supervision is extremely vital.”

ACP Tudravu said children’s activities must also be monitored.

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