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Fijians warned to take heed of the current weather situation

January 4, 2019 4:40 pm
The Dreketilailai crossing in Labasa

The National Disaster Management Office has warned Fijians to take heed of the current weather situation and act accordingly.

Director, Anare Leweniqila says despite numerous precautions issued, children are still seen swimming in flooded rivers.

Leweniqila says with people still hyped up with the current New Year festivities, we should consider the warning and be prepared now before it’s too late.

He says everyone must take the necessary precautions and secure their homes and livestock as TC Mona is expected to affect the country from later tonight.

“The Fiji Met has indicated that TC Mona should be passing Rotuma at around 1pm today and will be nearing Vanua levu or the Yasawas at around 7pm tonight. That is the current forecast that we have and they are working on that forecast in terms of working with the community on issues and preparatory messages. We are also working with the Turaga ni Koros and advisory councils in ensuring that they are prepared for TC Mona as it approaches Fiji.”

Leweniqila says people living in low lying areas prone to flooding and storm surges must know their nearest safe high ground and the safest access route to reach there.

The NDMO has activated the National Emergency Operation Centre together with the EOC in all divisions.

Parents are also warned to ensure the safety of their children.