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December 17, 2012 8:18 pm

As Tropical Cyclone Evan slowly makes its way away from Fiji, operations are beginning to normalize in certain places, while some places are still experiencing problems.

In the Northern division, power, water and health services have normalized.
Further updates will be provided as they come in. However some areas are still experiencing difficulties.

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.

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First light reports suggest extensive damage to roads, bridges, power lines, houses, community halls. Extensive damage to trees and infrastructure reported.

Communications to the West, Levuaka and Kadavu are all down. Further updates as they come in.

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.

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