Assessment damage on TC Evan underway
December 17, 2012 9:54 pm
Assessment teams are yet to make their initial damage assessment in the affected areas following Tropical Cyclone Evan.
TC Evan slowly makes its way away from Fiji, operations are beginning to normalize in certain places, while some areas are still experiencing problems.
In the Northern division, power, water and health services have normalized.
Most roads are still closed and bridges still under water in the aftermath of windy spells and rain brought by TC Evan.
Power outage has had effects in various homes and public services especially water supply.
Naduna and Siberia Roads, and Namoli flats are still closed, Namoli flats bridge, Taveuni Nothern coastal bridge, Bagata bridge, Nakelinikoso bridge, Vunivutu bridge and Yarabale bridge remain closed as they are under water.
There are 45 evacuation centres in the North – sheltering 3, 646 evacuees.
Communication links to the Western division has been cut throughout from last night and still has not been established today.
Once these are normalized a full damage report will be given.
First light reports suggest extensive damage to roads, bridges, power lines, houses, community halls. Extensive damage to trees and infrastructure reported.
There are 44 evacuation centres in Rakiraki with 1, 993 evacuees.
For the Central eastern Division, the full extent of damage will be known once the assessment teams start reporting in.
Initially at this stage, there are reports of damage to infrastructure, roads and bridges. Most of the problems were due to power cuts.
Early reports received at the National Disaster Management Office or DISMAC in Suva show damage to communication lines, power supply and personal properties such as houses and village halls.
In the Lomaiviti group, road access from Nacamaki village to Tuatua in Koro is damaged and inaccessible to all traffic. There is a landslip and coastal erosion.
Levuka town to Cawaci is only accessible by heavy vehicles. Seawall damage experienced along Toki village, Nasinu village, Nukutocia, Vuma, Waitovu, Vatukalo and Cawaci.
Power supply affected due to fallen trees at Rukuruku village and power outage in Ovalau.
Also three houses were damaged at Nabasavi village and Natokalau village hall was damaged by strong winds.
Communications to Levuka and Kadavu are also down. Further updates will be provided as they come in.
There are 10 evacuation centres in the Eastern division with 356 evacuees and 38 centres in the Central division with 2,021 evacuees.