People prepare for the worst
December 14, 2016 12:20 am
As the tropical disturbance moves slowly towards the Fiji group, many people FBC News spoke to in the last hour have all shared the same sentiments.
Considering the devastation caused by TC Winston earlier this year, many are preparing for the worst.
In Tavua, 59-year-old Jai Mati says with the heavy rains experienced in the last 12 hours, everyone in her area in Vuqele are preparing for the worst.
“People have already been preparing for the cyclone. Even I was on the roof, nailing with my son. And everyone is afraid when they hear of the cyclone because they have already felt the Cyclone Winston.”
In Buca Bay in Savusavu, Tom Lutu says they have begun moving the elderly as heavy rains continue to batter their area.
“The preparations we are doing is digging tracks around and to channel the flood areas into the rivers, out of the flooded roads. We are trying to move some of the elderly people to certain high areas, just to keep them there for safety precaution."
And in Savusavu, the Senior Assistant Roko Tui Cakaudrove Vilai Wasalusalu says rain is becoming heavier.
“The weather right now compared to yesterday, i think, the rain, its keeps on going on from the last 24 hours, the rain is heavily coming down right now compared to yesterday. Since yesterday we have been receiving emails and messages from our DISMAC operation in Labasa and PA Cakaudrove and this morning we’ve received a similar reminder from our HQ in Suva, I-taukei Affairs to remind all our Turaga ni koro, Mata ni tikina and all the communities of all the 134 villages in Cakaudrove to take precautionary measures, to be prepared and listen to the weather forecast that is coming in every hour.”
People are encouraged to stay tuned to the radio for the latest weather updates.