NDMO issues advisory for Southern Lau with Cyclone Gita on its way
February 11, 2018 5:46 pm
The National Disaster Management Office is advising communities on the islands of Southern Lau, including Ono-i-Lau, Vatoa, Fulaga, Kabara, Moce, Komo, Namuka-i-Lau, Ogea, Oneata, Lakeba, and other nearby islands, to be cyclone prepared at the highest level.
This follows forecasts by the Fiji Meteorological Services that Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita is expected to pass south of Ono-i-Lau as a Category 4 system Tuesday night.
Village disaster committees, led by Turaga-ni-Koros and Mata-ni-Tikinas, in Southern Lau are encouraged to hold immediate meetings and implement their disaster readiness plans.
Like Tropical Cyclone Winston, storm surges are expected to accompany damaging gale force winds brought by Tropical Cyclone Gita.
The Divisional Commissioner Eastern, also the Divisional Disaster Controller, Luke Moroivalu, has indicated that government officials and representatives are on the ground working continuously to prepare communities in Southern Lau.
Members of the public are further advised to stay informed through regular news bulletins on the radio and on official social media sites of various authorities.