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Over 2, 000 evacuees taking shelter in 40 evacuation centres

January 7, 2019 9:56 am

A total of 2,100 evacuees are currently sheltering in 40 evacuation centres around the country.

The National Disaster Management Office says four evacuation centres are open in the Central division, 27 in the Northern division, seven in the Eastern division and two in the Western division.

The Northern Division has the highest number of evacuees with a population of 1,767.

All 194 evacuation centres in the North have been notified and ready for activation should the situation worsens.

Shipping and Air Services have been closed until further notice, however, all CDB’s are open for business with normal operating hours

In the Eastern division, teams for initial assessment and ration distribution have been set up awaiting instructions.

There is an additional three evacuation centres activated in Vanuabalavu.

The Officer in Charge has activated the centres for families that are located on coastal lines.

This is a precautionary measure to ensure that the identified families are safe.

In the Western Division, two evacuation centres in Ra remain active and evacuees should return home by today.

There is no major reported situation or critical issue in the Western Divisions as normalcy seems prevalent.

Divisional and District EOCs continue to monitor the situation closely on the ground and will continue providing update.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Roads Authority says that Queens Road and Kings Road are both open to all traffic.

However, 15 roads are still closed in the Central Division, 16 in the North, 1 in the West and 3 in the Eastern Division.

Nakalou Village Access Road in Sigatoka is closed due to fallen EFL cables.

As part of readiness, Commissioner Eastern and Northern have been advised to prepare teams for initial damage assessment.