PM conveys condolences to students who passed over the weekend
April 24, 2019 1:15 pm
The Prime Minister has conveyed his condolences to the families of the two students who died over the weekend.
Following the extreme weather experienced, a 15-year-old boy was swept away at sea while swimming with his older brother at Nasilai beach, Kiuva while a three-year-old toddler from Lovoni, Ovalau died after he slipped and hit a drain he was trying to jump over.
He says he was heartbroken to hear the loss of the children’s lives.
Voreqe Bainimarama says the Easter weekend was rocked by torrential rains and flooding in communities across the country.
He’s calling on Fijians to adhere carefully to the advice from the authorities with flood alerts and heavy rain warnings still in place.
Bainimarama says the rains and flooding experienced these days are not the same rains and floods that those from his generation faced when they were children.
He says this sort of severe weather is becoming more frequent, and it is becoming more severe due to climate change.
Rivers that may once have been safe to swim in are becoming deadly during the rainy season and roads used to drive, rain or shine, face a greater risk of becoming dangerously flooded.
He adds journeys that were once made by boat without a second thought are becoming far riskier, especially when heavy rains descend upon our islands.
The Prime Minister says the safety of Fijians, particularly young people – is paramount.
He says this is why all Fijian families must remain on high alert whenever severe weather heads our way, whether that’s a rain storm, a tropical depression or a tropical cyclone.
We must all also take special care to ensure that children and the elderly are kept as far away as possible from flooded areas and out of harm’s way.