Weather

Preventative action needed

Public are advised to take precautions for their well-being and for the safety of their property. Minister of Health, Hon. Jone Usamate said taking necessary preventative and precautionary measures will avoid unnecessary illnesses with the approaching TC Winston. All drinking and cooking water must be boiled particularly with possible water supply disruptions and flash flooding. […]

Staff Writers

February 20, 2016 5:15 am

Public are advised to take precautions for their well-being and for the safety of their property.

Minister of Health, Hon. Jone Usamate said taking necessary preventative and precautionary measures will avoid unnecessary illnesses with the approaching TC Winston.

All drinking and cooking water must be boiled particularly with possible water supply disruptions and flash flooding.

Boiling water prior to consumption is important as this will decrease chances of contracting water borne diseases

With 131 confirmed dengue cases being reported, people must be careful to destroy mosquito breeding places.

Farmers around the country are also urged to take precautionary measures following the cyclone warning that is in force for most parts of the Fiji Group.

The Ministry of Agriculture advised farmers to take necessary precautions in the securing of their property and livestock.

Farmers, who reside in flood prone areas, are encouraged to move animals, machinery and farm implements to higher grounds and to secure livestock sheds.

Farmers can also move planting materials to higher grounds so that they can be used after the flood has receded.

Ministry of Agriculture is also urging farmers to be wary of culverts and other waterways created by floods and to keep family members and animals away from them.

It is also important to continue practicing proper hygiene such as hand washing with soap and water after using the washroom, and before handling food

Minister Usamate said that families should also ensure that they have adequate medicine supplies particularly for those members who may have non-communicable diseases or other illness requiring specific medication.

The Fiji Police Force will work continuously with other Government Departments that are usually roped in during this adverse weather to monitor and provide logistics support whenever necessary.

Daily commuters are advised to plan their trips in advance and restrict travelling at night.

We will be out in numbers to ensure that people are safe within the comfort of their homes during this adverse weather and also assisting traffic duties for our children as they travel to and from school

Mariners are informed and are not to risk travelling out at sea in unfavorable weather condition

Police have said that over the years, the particular group of people that continue to defy weather warning and travel at their risk.

This is when problems such as missing at Sea or Drowning occur

In an official statement, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link flights will be affected due to unfavourable weather condition.

We would like to advise our passengers that due to adverse weather conditions associated with Tropical Cyclone Winston, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link flights will be affected over the next few days.

To assist passengers affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link is extending a waiver of fees. This weather waiver applies for passengers holding a valid ticket issued on/before 19th February, for travel between Friday 19th February and Thursday 25th February 2016.

Police are advising parents to be vigilant about their children’s whereabouts and encourage them not to cross flooded drains or rivers on their way to and from school.

Don’t allow your children to play or swim in flooded drains, creek or rivers. Keep them indoors at all time and have them supervised.

The public is advised to take heed of warnings and listen to your latest weather report.

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