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All evacuation centres deactivated from today: NDMO

January 8, 2019 5:01 pm
Kids at one of the evacuation centres during TC Mona [Source: Fijian Government]

All evacuation centers that were used as shelters during Tropical Cyclone Mona will be deactivated from today.

The National Disaster Management Office says most evacuees have returned home as the Health Ministry has given clearance after conducting inspections in affected communities.

NDMO Director, Anare Leweniqila says emergency operators and various ministries were today briefed on the current situation on the ground following TC Mona.

“We worked with the Ministry of Health in terms of the conduct of medical checkups for the evacuees and also the inspection and the spraying of their homes – just to ensure we control any disease outbreaks and also minimize the risks. So they have confirmed it was safe. ”

Health Minister Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete says TC Mona did not leave behind any major impact and health officials have indicted there’s no risk of any disease outbreaks at this stage.

“The ministry of health officials they’ve actually identified where their homes and communities are. They had gone and visited it and came back and gave the all clear to the district officers then they were able to go back home.”

The NDMO says the commissioner Northern is compiling a report on the extent of damage for the agriculture sector.

Meanwhile, emergency operators have been working around the clock today to ensure schools used as evacuation centers are ready and clean for another term – as instructed by the Prime Minister.