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Lomaiviti small boats defy cyclone warning

December 15, 2012 1:31 am

The Lomaiviti group and Udu Point on Vanua Levu have witnessed huge waves battering their coastlines from last night as cyclone Evan makes a slow approach towards the north of the country.

Lomaiviti Provincial Administrator Kelepi Kubunameca told FBC News, waves have spilled over sea walls along the Levuka coastlines prompting his office to send out reminders to people in the Lomaiviti group to refrain from sailing until the country gets out of cyclone danger.

Kubunameca says, maritime officials on Levuka have confiscated two punts this morning for their failure to adhere to the cyclone warning.

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He says, despite this, people still cross the Lomaiviti waters in full fiber glass punts to attend weddings, do their shopping and sell their produce on the island of Levuka.

“its written everywhere here Patterson shipping notice trip on Sunday cancelled due to hurricane warning. It’ll be confirmed next week if Patterson boat can adhere and listen to the weather bulletin I see no reason why fibre glass boats small boats users and all those seamen wanting to pretend to be the fish or kaiwai please do listen let us learn from the incident that happened on our island last month at Batiki Island where those 3 or 4 people still lost at sea because of non adhere to the weather”.

Meanwhile, villagers of Wai-ni-ika in Udu Point on Vanua Levu have experienced waves up to six feet high and have spilled onto the village ground.

Villager Saula Tuiqalau told FBC News, this is the first time ever their village have seen such a thing.

Tuiqalau says, the village have started taking precautionary measures making sure their homes are safe and their food supply stored away.

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