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Police urges parents and guardians to monitor their children

Despite numerous weather advisories and warnings, there are still people, mainly children frequenting swimming spots around the country. This was the message from the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho in a statement issued today. Brigadier-General Qiliho said people are still seen at regular swimming spots, particularly children. With the heavy downpour experienced over […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 6, 2016 11:49 am

Despite numerous weather advisories and warnings, there are still people, mainly children frequenting swimming spots around the country.

This was the message from the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho in a statement issued today.

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Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho during a press conference. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire)

Brigadier-General Qiliho said people are still seen at regular swimming spots, particularly children.

With the heavy downpour experienced over the past few days and continuing, water levels at various swimming spots continue to rise and now roads and business centres are flooded as well.

Therefore, it is our primary role to warn people of their safety and plead with them to take heed of weather advisories.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said the force understands that all schools have been closed and parents need to be mindful of their roles.

We understand that all schools around the country are closed today till further notice and we wish to remind parents, guardians and members of the community at large to be mindful of their supervisory roles.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said the flooded drains and rivers are not safe for people.

Flooded drains, creeks and rivers are NOT safe to swim in during this period as there may be health risks associated with it as there are reports of sewerage spill over and also the risk of losing one’s life in the strong currents.

Youths jumping into a flooded river in Nadi. (Jese Tuisinu/Facebook)
Youths jumping into a flooded river in Nadi. (Jese Tuisinu/Facebook)

Brigadier-General Qiliho said police officers will be out in numbers on the ground to monitor such activities during this time and will not hesitate in taking people in if they are seen to be engaged in activities that may risk their lives.

Parents, guardians and all members of the community have a pivotal role in ensuring safety for our young ones and we plead that we work collectively in ensuring we create a safe environment for one and all.

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