December 17, 2016 8:35 am

Heavy rain brings flooding across the country

Hundreds of homes have flooded near Suva as a result of tropical depression TD04F which has brought torrential rains in many parts of the country. Some evacuation centres have opened their doors to affected residents as the country braces for more heavy rain and flooding over the coming days. Fiji Red Cross has prepositioned stocks […]

Hundreds of homes have flooded near Suva as a result of tropical depression TD04F which has brought torrential rains in many parts of the country.

Around 50 people are staying at this evacuation centre near Suva.
Around 50 people are staying at this evacuation centre near Suva.

Some evacuation centres have opened their doors to affected residents as the country braces for more heavy rain and flooding over the coming days.

Fiji Red Cross has prepositioned stocks of emergency relief items across Fiji ahead of the inclement weather and has sent out teams to assess affected areas.

Red Cross volunteers dealing with flood relief in Fiji.
Red Cross volunteers dealing with flood relief in Fiji.

The force of the flooding was evidenced by various roads being damaged or washed away.

Despite the heavy rain, the Queens and King’s Road are reported to be open.

However, teams had been working to clear landslides on some routes, while some power lines have fallen due to strong winds.

Young people undeterred by floodwaters in Fiji.
Young people undeterred by floodwaters in Fiji.

Fiji Electricity Authority said technicians were looking into the issue and there was no time frame on when power would be restored in the affected areas.

The National Emergency Operation Centre confirmed that two evacuation centres had been opened in the central division.

The Director of the Meteorology Service Ravin Kumar said TD04F would maintain its intensity as it moved south-west.

Mr Kumar added that the centre of the depression was suspected to remain to the west of Fiji and not across the group.

However, a heavy rain warning remains in force for the whole of the Fiji group, and this is coupled with a flood alert for low lying areas and flood prone areas.

A man navigates floodwaters in Fiji.
A man navigates floodwaters in Fiji.