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Afternoon national weather update

April 3, 2012 1:03 am

Evacuation centres update

Health Officials are visiting evacuation centres around the western division as they try to assess the situation people are living in after the devastating floods.

Ministry of Health Spokesperson, Peni Namotu says the assessments are vital in to prevent water-borne diseases.

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“Health officials are currently assessing the situation around the west particularly in evacuation centres. This is to assess the evacuation centres such as the water supply system and the cooking facilities in those centres. Our main concern is to see that the conditions these people leave in is safe and to prevent potential outbreak of communicable diseases. As we speak health inspectors and nurses are making their rounds to see that these people in evacuation centres have proper sanitation.”

Namotu adds nurses are also conducting clinical checks on people in evacuation centres.

“Having said that the nurses are currently conducting clinical interventions as some people living there are injured during the evacuation process and some are sick. These measures are done to ensure that there are no outbreaks of communicable diseases.”

Kings and Queens Roads cleared for travel

The Kings and Queens roads are now accessible to all traffic.

The Roads Ministry says some places along the Queens road will have single lane while elsewhere it is clear for all traffic.

Spokesperson Iliesa Sokia says the current weather is not helping them as they work on damaged bridges and roads.

The motto bridge in Ba is completely washed away and at the moment temporary arrangement is now available.

Vegetable shortage expected

Vegetables will be in short supply as a result of the recent floods.

Ministry of Agriculture, Director of Extension Services Uraia Waibuta says supply of vegetables after the January floods were not bad as the salad bowl in the Nasigatoka valley was not flooded.

Waibuta says the weekend’s flood destroyed all vegetables in the salad bowl, not only affecting the local market but export also.

He says the Ministry has in the past few years experimented similar areas in Ba and Ra for farming and these areas will be supplying vegetables when the Nasigatoka valley is flooded.

Pacific Sun flights update

Pacific Sun intends to operate ATR-42 services between Suva, Nadi and Labasa today, subject to weather conditions.

Looking at International flights a number of inbound and outbound flights will now operate normally.

Air Pacific has advised that due to the adverse weather conditions, their flight from Nadi – Funafuti and to Port Villa and Honiara have been cancelled.

In light of the disruptions to normal schedules in the past few days due to adverse weather conditions, affected passengers are asked to contact Air Pacific Reservations for further information.

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